Postgraduate Certificate of Secondary Education (PGCE)

Policy passed at the Annual General Meeting on 2005-08-13

Introducing top-up fees on PGCE courses is likely to deter graduates from entering the teaching professions and will be detrimental to attracting the most suitable and qualified applicants. There remains a shortage of teachers in the UK; this shortage is particularly acute in certain subject areas and is likely to worsen under the new fee arrangements. Teachers are valuable public sector workers of enormous societal value; graduates should not have to pay fees on PGCE courses that equip then to educate and inspire future generations of young people.