I was given my primary pgce certificate in June 2006 and received excellent end of school placement reports. Although I was shortlisted for a couple of teaching jobs I didn't get them at the final hurdle. I lost confidence and decided to go to music college for a year and then re-apply for an induction year. I am now really keen to get back into teaching and will be applying for supply and NQT positions but I am yet to pass the numeracy QTS test. I have taken it a couple of times and have been 1-3 marks off passing. I know that I can't begin induction until I have this. I am meant to be able to supply teach legally without all the tests but the agencies I have contacted are asking for my GTC number. I feel so frustrated, the tests seem to vary widely in difficulty and this is the only thing standing in the way of my career. Can anyone advise me whether I can teach in the independent sector without passing my maths QTS test or whether my inability to pass will always be a black spot on my career . What worries me is that if I have to supply teach until September 2008 (two years after my pgce) whilst struggling to pass the test, I will then be competing for induction jobs with people who are fresh from their pgces. I am so stressed out about this, your advice would be so invaluable.