I disagree with her strongly. Many people (myself included) chose the PGCE option as a different route. Yet m desire to be a teacher goes back many years. I have no less passion for teaching but gained valuable work experience in my time away from education. I have always known what I wanted to do but chose to take a route giving me a more focused expertise in my degree subjects.
But perhaps it would be fairer if BEd students were funded in the fourth year of their training.
PGCE students do not necessarily take up teaching as a "back-up" or "safety net". It is just a different route to the same ultimate goal.
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