What is the reality of a Primary PGCE yearWatch
Things you could do instead that would give you experience. Become a governor at a local primary school (most schools struggle to get enough governors). Work in a relevant setting, so working in a Early Years setting or as a teaching assistant could be one option (pay is not great, but then you're not paying to get the experience as you would with a PGCE). Working with voluntary organisations for children and young people (e.g. Barnardos offers internships in children's services). Volunteer with an organisation like Mencap or similar. Also look for Assistant Educational Psychologist jobs as these often only require a relevant UG degree.