I am currently an NQT (feeling rather tired at the moment as I'm sure many of us are). I work full time in a primary school and I am on a one year temporary contract and whether or not I get kept on 'depends on budget' next year (but really I'm sure it depends on how I get on this year and whether I do a good job or not). I have two young children, the youngest having just turned 1 and my OH works away a month at a time. It is tough and very tiring as I'm sure you can imagine. But I knew I needed to get through my NQT year working full time as I didn't want to drag it over two years. I was very fortunate to land myself a job. Many other of the trainees didn't manage to, so I do consider myself lucky. I am expecting that come next year I will want to go part time (I would now if I could ha). The only worry I have is putting my 'progression' at a standstill. For the amount of hours we work, starting on the bottom of the payscale means that I probably earn little more than minimum wage. Knowing however, that providing we meet the conditions of the schools pay policy pay can potentially increase each year, therefore there would come a point where I would be earning more of a decent wage. My dilemma is whether going part time would stop this progression. I guess if I had a job share or a part time contract in a school I could still progress up the payscale. But in the case of supply teaching.....How does it work? I am keen to know. I need a better work life balance. I need to spend more time with my children. I feel bad that their daddy is away for a whole month and they are in childcare from 7.30am - 6pm every day while he is away. And when daddy is home....mummy works even more so they see even less of me. I love being a teacher, but being only an NQT finding the work: life balance pretty tricky given my situation.