I gained QTS in summer 2009 and started my first teaching post (secondary Maths) in September 2009 . To my surprise I was appointed on M3 rather than M1 as the school seemed keen to attract me (they had quite a few Maths vacancies) and they also took account of my 20 years' business experience. Then in September 2010 I completed my NQT year and progressed to M4. I am now seeking a new teaching post from September 2011 but I am unsure whether I should expect to automatically start on the next scale point M5 in September or whether schools would start me on what really is the appropriate point (M3 from September) for someone with my limited experience. I am also wondering whether I would be pricing myself out of the jobs market by asking for a job at M4/M5. Please can someone advise me? Thanks.