Apologises for the length of this post and the fact that I have posted it in Primary, History and Prospective Student Teachers forums, but I ‘really’ need some advice!! I’m just finishing the second year of a BA History degree, at the end of which I hope to undertake a full time PGCE. I had always thought (for some unknown reason) that I’d take the secondary route, but this year I decided that actually I should attempt to do some work experience in both primary and secondary, and that is exactly what I’ve done. The problem is, having done this, Instead of helping me firm my decision on what age group I want to teach, it’s served to confuse matters!! After my first primary day (KS2; I have no KS1 experience), I was so excited and enthusiastic I was almost jumping up and down. I loved the class I was in, the primary school environment was fun and bright, I enjoyed the fast paced environment in the classroom, the flexibility the teacher had to teach across the Curriculum and the variety of the day (Morning maths, some reading before lunch, geography and history in the afternoon etc). I loved it and I knew that I wanted to teach. My first day in secondary was very different. Initially it reminded me of everything I hated about school. The silly uniform rules and the teachers shouting down the corridor for you to walk at a certain pace etc. I wanted to give it a fair chance though, so I continued to go in. Year 7 and 8 so far have always been fun classes to be in, they participate a lot in class and their classes are not as structured as the later years when they’re sitting exams to set syllabuses. Personally, I also feel as though I am not intimidated by the younger secondary school pupils, whereas the older ones, I really am. As much as I loved seeing my favourite subject being taught in the classroom (history), I couldn’t help feeling that when the kids paid no interest in the subject, I as a teacher would feel disheartened. The teacher may have sat up till midnight planning a fun lesson which was not appreciated at all! This bothered me a lot. The other major problem that I had with secondary was that there wasn’t much flexibility in what you could teach, it’s set out for you either in the form of exams or by the Department. Having said all of this, I love my subject and I don’t think I’d bore of teaching it, I’d probably just prefer to teach aspects of it that I am extremely passionate about and not necessarily the subject matter that exam boards would like the children to learn. I should add, that I have done 2 weeks experience in secondary (part of the Student Associate Scheme and still have 1 week to do on that; primary I have 5 days experience so far, and a further 5 days to do in a few weeks) My local university offers a Middle Years PGCE in History; on it, you would train in KS2 and KS3. This was initially quite an exciting prospect and a solution to my thoughts, however having looked into this is more detail and having spoken to current PGCE students, I have been informed that at this competitive and busy time in teaching, I would be better to do a more specific and recognised PGCE , i.e. 11-18 PGCE in order to stand the best chance of gaining a secondary history job and a PGCE Primary for a primary job. This Middle Years PGCE is the only one in UK in my subject. Also, we no longer have Middle School’s in my area, therefore the only use I can see that it would be, is working in a 5-18 Academy (of which I only know of a few, but not in my area). I’m not asking for someone to tell me what I should do! But I am interested to know if anyone else has experienced this and if anyone could offer me some advice and thoughts on my thoughts! Many thanks in advance for your time!