Having done my PGCE in 1985, I'm not sure how much things have changed. What does the term "post compulsory" refer to? Whatever, - I found my PGCE to be of great value to me, allowing me to teach in both secondary and FE, and I have never regretted taking it. If you detail some of the criticisms you have heard, I might be able to comment on them. By "IOE", I presume you mean "Institue of Education". University of London? Going to as good as anybody, surely? Once you are in education, it is your personal skills that really count, not any of the courses you have been on. PGCEs and similar, are essential, but you will still be learning "on the job" for the next umpteen tears, if not you whole career! (Freudian key slip here, but so apt I thought I'd leave it in!!!! It is a tough job.) I would think, most teaching courses are all much of a muchness anyway. As you will find out when you get a teaching job, there are very strict quality controls governing education and these will have been applied to your PGCE course. Good luck with your future career. Teaching has to be one of the most important jobs to do.