I couldn't agree more about the 'rubbish and rubbisher' comment. I have lost out on one SD UCAS choice, a day before interview, because the funding vanished. My second interview saw me lose out to a TA. (I think TAs are amazing but why does SD claim they want industry types, only to waste our time?!) The UCAS choice which withdrew due to lack of funding was the most annoying. I am not allowed to replace the choice with another according to UCAS. I can't reapply and all that remains is a interview with my third choice; a PGCE at a uni which was my back up plan. If they offer me a place, I can hardly turn it down just to try SD's house of mirrors again. If SD schools are only really after TAs they've already hired and other 'places' can vanish overnight, I can't turn down a true offer of training at a university. I have a first degree in English and ten years' journalism experience. The government might claim SD was designed to entice people like me in, but that's not how it works in practice.