I am becoming INCREDIBLY frustrated with the whole process of applying for teacher training. I am a 31-year-old Oxbridge-educated professional man with a very good job who has decided to move into teaching. I really want to teach in state primary schools as I feel that this is where my skills will have the most impact. I am very much a broad-knowledge person and I would rather teach a variety of subjects rather than specialise in one. The TDA were absolutely no help whatsoever in helping me get a place in a local school for observation. Three times I emailed and rang them to ask what was happening and I was told that no local school were willing to allow me in. Funnily enough, when I by-passed the TDA, two schools in the area asked me to come in. I spent a week at one and now volunteer on my day off in the second. I have very much enjoyed my time in class and, as prescribed, I filled in my applications through GTTR in time. Arranged my references and everything. However, now the deadlines are not being met by colleges. My first choice has not yet decided whether to offer me an interview and has suggested that they won't decide before Feb 14th. If they opt not to offer me that interview, it is highly unlikely that my second choice provider will have any places left. I feel that if the government agencies are going to run ads and send emails they should make sure that they are fit for purpose. I feel that the TDA were actually OBSTRUCTING my application rather than assisting it and the lack of funding decision from the DfE has led to an impasse in the whole process. I really thought that systems would be in place to help a career-switcher like me. But perhaps this is all intended to ensure that only the most desperate or bloody-minded end up in our schools? I don't intend to give up just yet. I will certainly continue until I hit the next brick wall. But this will definitely be the only year I apply to do this. Whereas, had it been a better process, I might have had another go next year. Is anyone else as frustrated as I am?