Hi, I'm a HOD and I'm looking to mentor 2 PGCE students this year. Unfortunately, the Universities won't let me interview candidates. They simply send me someone and I get to say yay or nay. The last PGCE student to pay me a visit was lovely (albeit, rather quiet) and the kids warmed to her, but she couldn't code. It's rather like doing a French PGCE and being unable to speak French. I appreciate that the PGCE's also mention ICT in their course titles, but the current GCSE syllabus is 60% coding (1 coding exam worth 40% and a coding project worth another 20%), so it's essential. A PGCE Computing/ICT student with zero coding skills is no use to me (or the kids). My 1st question is, are there any PGCE students who can ACTUALLY code out there? And I don't meant HTML. Preferably Python, as 90% of schools choose to teach that language at GCSE and KS3, mainly because of it's simply syntax and expandability. My 2nd question is, would it be fair of me to give these prospective PGCE students a programming test? I heard of one school which made SCITT candidates sit a 90 minute GCSE paper!