I'm trying to get the courage up to appy for a PGCE course (as a mature student not far off 40). I already have a degree in maths, but discovered after doing an OU course in the history of maths that I was very rusty. So, I enrolled for two more OU maths courses (level 1 and 2) and have a grade average on the level 1 course of about 97% and about 95% on the level 2. Clearly I am getting rid of the rustyness. However, I'm still getting the heebeegeebees about applying. I won't have had any recent school experience, and I can't really get it as I have a 7 week old baby. My most recent school experience was as a volunteer in 1995. Then I was a volunteer tutor in 1997-98. That's it, apart from helping neighbours with kid's homework occasionally. If I make this move, I want to be a good teacher. What makes a good maths teacher? Enthusiasm? Ability? Lots of things? Finally, is there actually a shortage of maths teachers? Thinking it would not be wise to give up my job if there are no jobs available.