Hi Star, I would probably recommend waiting until you are ready to settle here before starting a PGDE in Scotland. The reason for this is that due to the current job situation which doesn't look like it will change soon I think you would stand a better chance or securing work when you are still known to schools through your placements and are up to date with all the latest developments in education here. I know of many people who have trained in Scotland then moved away and have found it difficult to break back into the job market after being away. You can't underestimate the importance of building up contacts when it comes to finding work. As the education systems are different in Scotland and England I would definately recommend training here if it is here that you see yourself settling here as this could make it very difficult to secure a permanent job here. As for the probationary period I think you would need to complete that in Scotland through supply work and I have an English friend who managed to do this and it didn't present much of a problem. As far as I know you cannot acquire a specialism while studying a PGDE in Scotland but I might be wrong. I certainly don't think it was available when I trained in Glasgow. Also I would think that as long as you have some school experience and show that you have done some research into the Scottish education system I don't think the fact that you haven't worked in a school here should present too much of a problem especially as you seem to have had plenty of experience working with young people. Certainly from what I've heard if you wanted to settle down into a permanent post quickly you would be better off training and applying for jobs in England. Jobs are hard to come by here at the moment but that's not to say that there aren't any or that no one finds permanent jobs. Myself and the other probationer from my primary school last year both found permanent jobs pretty much right away so don't be put off by all the negative stuff on the forums. Hope some of this is useful, good luck!