I left the Royal Air Force after 34 years with a recent Open University degree and an ambition to enter teaching. This was frustrated by the inability to obtain the PGCE qualification while a serving member of the armed forces.
However, I did obtain a Further and Adult Teaching Certificate while in the employment of Darlington College of Technology which considers such qualifications to be an essential part of its staff development programme.
Reports of a fast-track system to allow the transfer of adult qualifications to schools would in my case not really be considered until the financial system is restructured and a sensible national policy is implemented which would guarantee the provision of sound education for the next generation.
32A Brough Meadows
Richmond, North Yorkshire