I often find that the first experience you have of a business or sector is indicative of future experiences. If this is the case with teaching, then I'm beginning to think it's a profession I should stay well away from. In Sept/Oct this year, I will finish a psychology degree through the Open University. Despite having the equivalent of a non-honours degree in modules I've already completed, all of which were passed at distinction level, no PGCE provider will consider an application for this Sept because I don't have a degree. Between the degree, a separate foundation degree, and a certificate, I have a total of 660 CATS points. Add to that 15 odd years of training/teaching experience and FE teaching qualifications, and oodles of experience of working with children & young people. All totally disregarded, because I don't have a degree. A friend recommended I contact the 'Teach First' programme, which makes great claims about recruiting educational 'leaders' of the future'. But again, they're not interested until I get a degree. And even then, psychology isn't a curriculum subject and in order to teach business studies I would need to have a business degree. I pointed out that many of the best business minds don't have a business degree, and the drone just cited TDA regulations. So you want the sort of leaders who've faithfully followed an established path? Ah, you mean the sort of leaders the world is full of already... My conclusion is that the teaching profession is more concerned with academic qualifications, however mediocre, than genuine excellence. It pains me that someone who graduated with a 2:2 in business and has never set foot in a boardroom gets to teach business studies to kids, while my 15+ years experience (inc CPD training in management, marketing and so on) is apparently insufficient. I want to make my skills and experience available to young people, but it looks like I'd have to spend the rest of my life doing degrees to prove myself before this can happen. Does anyone else share my frustration?