Hi! I've only just joined these forums but there's so much on here I'm going to stick around and read it all I think over the next few years! I'm currently studying my SKE course which ends in July but I can't start my PGCE until January 2013 because I have to await my degree classification in December. I'm studying the PGCE through the OU (I've seen a few posts about it) but they no longer arrange placements as standard so I'm required to find my own Level 1 placement for March/April 2013. I had trouble last year getting even 1 observation day from any schools, more often than not I got no response at all and was actively avoided! I've now been awarded the IoP Scholarship thinking it may help to find me a placement but the general response is "no vacancies at present" or "we are unable to accomodate you". I have tried phoning, emailing, dropping in, posting things... does anyone have any suggestions? I live in Bristol and I think the schools here are all partner schools to UWE and Bristol Uni and I'm terrified I won't find a placement at all. I've got 2 young children and 1 is at school so moving around the country isn't an option. Help!