Injured by bolt from the blue

16th October 1998 at 01:00
AS ONE of the OU's primary PGCE casualties, I feel very disheartened. Having taken the decision two years ago to retrain as a primary music teacher I worked extremely hard to gain a place on this excellent course.

I was awaiting my letter of confirmation from the OU, having successfully completed forms; detailed checks and a final interview. Instead came this bolt from the blue, along with a letter recommending me to any future PGCE course providers.

I keep hearing that schools are crying out for primary music teachers. Was there really no alternative to suspending this course, and why were we not warned? Perhaps change is almost too quick these days.

Emma Fisher. Mansfield Close. Parkstone. Poole, Dorset.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today