As the title says, I have an incomplete PGCE in 2007. First placement went fabulously, I had enthusiastic mentor who was confident in my abilities, was looking forward. Then for my second placement after Christmas I was put into a school in the bottom 3 league tables for the LEA, had just come out of special measures, and the behaviour in many of my classes was atrocious. First lesson with my problem class (my mentor's Yr 10 group) had one student hold another down whilst he smeared glue into the other's hair whilst everyone else watched, and my mentor shouted at them (ineffectively) to stop. A call to the 'bodysnatchers' resulted in a member of staff coming and removing them both from the class and the instigator received a one week's suspension. 'If you can make sure that each of them are excluded on alternate weeks, you'll be able to control the class better', I was told as she handed things over to me. Things went from bad to worse. This class was notoriously badly behaved, nobody interested in working, but I had these problems with other classes too. "You'll fail if you can't control the classes" I was told repeatedly. Because of my 'problems' my mentor was demanding detailed lesson plans with specific descriptions of teacher and pupil activity at five-ten minute intervals. All of my colleagues at this point were submitting plans which amounted to one line descriptions of 'starter, main and plenary' only. I'd get home at 7pm and then it would take me three hours+ to prep the two-three hours of lessons for the next day including powerpoints and resources for each. Every day I thought about just turning around and walking out of the school. The only way I could get the classes to behave was if I invited the deputy head to come along and watch, and of course he wanted to help, but of course he wasn't available for every lesson. I made it as far as April, but with two months to go, had my tutor observation and was advised that if I continued with the course I would probably fail as I couldn't manage the behaviour effectively and as a result the pupils weren't learning anything. The decision was made for me when the glue stick student mentioned previously was sitting at the front of the class watching my lesson, unusually quiet. He was just back from a one week suspension for telling another teacher to 'GFY'. He was turning a whiteboard marker over and over in his hands, and I was wondering what he was doing with it as there's otherwise no reason for him to have it. Then my back was turned to write on the board and suddenly I was struck in the back of the head by this heavy whiteboard marker. I proceeded to hand out the behavioural sanction that would result in another week's suspension. He protested that it wasn't him and no way I could have seen it was him, because my back was turned. And then my mentor, to my shock, was watching the class, was agreeing with him, saying that there was no way that I could have seen him throw it! I asked if she had seen him throw it, she said 'that's not the point here...' So yeah, I didn't go back there, I withdrew from the course. The university did say that I could go back and repeat the placement at a later date, but we are now 12 years down the road and it may be too late. [I later read in a news article ten years later that glue stick student - or someone with the same name and approximate age and location) was catapulted out of a stolen convertible that he had driven into a tree whilst being chased by police as he wasn't wearing his seatbelt. I don't ever want to be a schoolteacher in an English secondary school, but most of what I have been doing since is in education, tutoring, professional IT training, classroom based BTECs with apprentices etc, but not having any educational qualifications beyond a 120hr TEFL is really holding me back. I'm thinking of going to teach abroad, but all I have read before is that the employers abroad don't care about experience as much as the piece of paper that says 'Yes, I have a serious education qualification' and without it I'd be stuck earning peanuts just like every other unqualified ESL teacher. What's the best route for me to get what I need? Go back and complete my PGCE? I'm sure I could stick it out in a decent school for another term... Or something else?