Hello! I'm considering a career change, having been a university lecturer in a science department in Cambridge for 7 years (16 years experience in science / technology related employment total, and I've been involved in university admissions). I've reached the conclusion that I don't want to spend the rest of my career in university, where I do not enjoy dealing with grant applications, research project management, struggling to hire excellent graduate researchers with the generally-poor contracts that are on offer in my area, and similar reasons. I do, however, very much enjoy lecturing and supervising at undergraduate and graduate level, and I've had fun making short youtube videos on topics in statistics, e.g. Simpson's paradox. I have a first in physics and a PhD in chemistry. I happened to discuss this with some independent school teachers recently, and they suggested I'd surely be able to find employment as a Physics (or Maths) teacher in an independent senior school, and they felt that I'd enjoy it. I am quite keen on the idea. I have a few questions, if I may... 1. Will I be better off circulating my CV through a recruitment agency (e.g. Harris Hill), or writing to selected schools where I might definitely like to work? I don't really have any contacts in schools. 2. I believe January is the main recruitment time. I was planning to write around in advance of this to see if I can make any contacts - will I simply be ignored because people are too busy when they are not in the main recruitment period, or is this worthwhile? 3. I believe Cambridge has some good independent schools. Suppose I wrote to 3 fairly large independent senior schools - is that too few to expect that one would consider recruiting me at some point in the next 1-3 years (given that I'm mid-career; applying to teach Physics / Maths; but would be moving into teaching and would need support to obtain QTS or similar). Should I cast a much wider net, and, if so, what areas of the country (preferably in the South or East ish) should I search in? 4. Any other comments? Anyone moved from university research + lecturing to teaching, and able to tell me if it is a good / bad idea? Thanks in advance!