I wish to apply for PGCE secondary chemistry starting September 2012. I want to get some school experience before I submit my application but I find it quite difficult to find a school. TDA has promised to find a school for me, meanwhile I am wondering if some of you have any suggestions or perhaps any teachers in this forum able to help me out? Although, I live in Plymouth, I am quite willing to move around anywhere. I have been asking around almost everyone I know and I have sent more than 25 emails and 10 phone calls to different schools but no response yet. Since I hold overseas qualification (certified by NARIC as equivalent to British standards), I think it is all the more important that I get some experience from different type of schools in England. I have been working as a scientist for 7 years and I have decided for a career change (quite determined to get into teaching). TDA has been very helpful so far. Being from overseas and full time employed makes it a bit harder. I would be grateful if anyone can help. Earlier this week, i managed to get into a one day 'Taster course' at a community college here and it was fantastic. I enjoyed it so much that I want more! (This course was advertised on the training providers website). It seems like a long journey ahead for me (to become a qualified teacher) but i feel it will be worth it!