It is two months into the course and the trainees are exhausted. The Christmas holidays are just a few weeks away, but nothing could have prepared them for what they’ve experienced over the last few months. At the university, the trainees swap horror stories about school life. Back at school, Richard learns how to cope with a pupil who refuses to work and 43-year-old Ged becomes seriously worried about his lack of subject knowledge, particularly when he is observed in class by his university tutor. Paula reaches a crisis point when she confesses that she doesn’t want to be a teacher and her boyfriend, who is also a trainee, tells her that he must put his career first – not their relationship.