Hi there, I have just got myself a place on a Primary PGCE course for 2012/13. I am so excited and cannot wait to begin as teaching is what I (think) I have wanted to do for a long time. I've started to move away from the 'prospective teacher forums' on here and come towards the 'student teacher' ones now as I look towards starting. However, I have to say this forum has dampened my mood a little and has made me apprehensive in starting. About 75% of the topics on the front page alone are VERY negative regarding the PGCE. Things like: - Not getting help/ Not getting on with mentors - Being bullied on placement by staff/children - Wanting to quit and being happy to!! - Not passing placements/failing the entire course I just want to ask - is it HONESTLY that bad? It's made me feel totally negative about the whole thing, when I was so so excited about starting. I have been told it is very very intense and I would like to think my degree has started to prepare me for this. I'm also ultimately determined and I don't give up very easily - so I would like to think I'll be ok!! Someone, please restore my faith in thinking my PGCE will be enjoyable (if only at times!) and worth the money and time!