Training centres need to be flexible

17th November 2000 at 00:00
I was intrigued to read Elaine Elliman's First Encounter (Friday, November 3). A different name, a few minor alterations, and it could have been me.

I am 32 with two children and am considering retraining as a teacher, having spent the last 10 years in industry. But there the similarity ends, as I am struggling to find somewhere to study for a PGCE.

I find it ludicrous that I, a graduate, cannot become a teacher because I cannot find a ourse that is flexible enough to allow me to study while looking after my family. I am looking for a distance learning course as there is nowhere within commuting distance. Today I phoned 17 institutions - at last getting a place in Sheffield. I find it ironic that I have been going through all this while in the same TES as Elaine Elliman's article there is a headline: "Trainees target missed again".

Sarah Scally Bridport, Dorset

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