Studying for a Primary Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) can be demanding, but this book will help you to succeed on this intensive and challenging course. By showing you how to make the most of your time on the PGCE, the book encourages you to take a positive and proactive approach to your studies, and to reflect on and learn from your experiences. Packed with advice on how to make the most of your lectures, tutorials, assignments, placements and time spent with teachers, the book highlights the need for reflection, professionalism and strong personal commitment if you are to become a good teacher. Designed to help you throughout the course, chapters cover: - using the time before you start the course to get a head start - making the most of your time on placements - being reflective - developing your own personal philosophy for teaching - applying for, and getting, your first job. This is an indispensible guide for those embarking on a Primary PGCE, and offers those considering applying for the course an invaluable insight into what to expect and how to get onto a PGCE. The advice is based on the authors' successful work with thousands of trainee teachers over many years, and there are case studies of successful students and students who struggled. This book is a lifeline for those working hard towards the ultimate goal of becoming a great teacher.