Hello Folks, You know many of the posters on this forum have been getting sick and tired of the nonsense experienced by supply and good honest folk, who simply want to do what they trained for. The threads of late lay testimony to this. Now, I became a teacher through a somewhat misty eyed view that I was providing an invaluable service to young people, imparting knowledge and enjoying the buzz teaching gives you. Yes, there are some unsavoury aspects of teaching (as in all sectors) but when I trained many moons ago the one profession where I did not think such unprofessionalism would occur is teaching. Call me naive, which I am sure some of you may do, but teaching is the most unique of environments where young and older people mix to acheive a greater end, i.e. success for young people to move on in the world. I trained because I WANTED to teach, not for the money, but because I enjoyed many told me it was a NOBLE profession. Now, I see many younger people, e.g TAs/HLTAs and such like who are trying to train up and become teachers themselves. Saddled with debts and coming into a profession that seems to be broken, I do wonder if its WORTH getting a PGCE. The jobs dont seem to be there, supply is dying or dead in some cases and schools/agencies appear to prefer cheap labour over experience. Yes, experience does cost and yes we should have younger teachers to replace outgoing/retired professionals but there is simply no balance at present whatsoever. Dont be surprised when the kids coming out of schools dont get the education they deserve and if Mr Gove is watching, your government has devalued this wonderful profession to such a degree that I despair of the future and worry massively how newer teachers are going to get jobs. Personally, I do wonder if any higher education is worth the reward in terms of salary and standing. So, in short, is a PGCE or any other teaching qualification worth it anymore?????????