PGCEs are tough, way back on mine my subject placement buddy had the makings of being a reasonable teacher but her second placement school was tough on trainees and she left, mentor issues I think. On mine I went from a full placement where the staff where just next door but with doors open to keep an eye on things at the end and a short alevel one where I was trusted solo as my placement mentor was tied up doing things dealing with a serious incident to having a teacher sat in the back clearly watching all the time, it felt like a massive step backwards. To anyone wanting an out take time to see if your exit plan needs some prep. I've been working supply for a number of years as I working on getting some extra quals via the OU. I'm getting closer to the end now and should be able to start claiming some certificates for my efforts. Possibly wishful thinking but I've gone for subject based stuff for the area I'd really fancy working despite it being competitive. However I'm more than happy to be flexible about what work I look for with them. The flip side of that is I'm in teaching for longer but this is giving me more experience in a profession that I can make use of when applying for those non teaching jobs.