Hi all, I've been working in PR for over 3 years but a lot of my earlier experience was working with / volunteering with children and young people ( running informal educational prgrammes etc). My role at the moment still means I work with young people and recently - after speaking to my mum - who has been a primary school teacher for almost 20 years, realised it's something I'm now ready and want to persue. I've found some schools in my area and am looking into applying for the schools direct (salaried) for Primary through UCASs. However, I've read a lot of blogs and forums that have told me this is going to be extremely competitive or not worth it if I haven't been a TA. I meet the entry requirements and I'm looking into getting some recent in-school experience, but as I want to send my application this side of the new year so that places don't fill up and I work full time (no more annual leave left) will it be an issue or affect my chances at all? If I can get a few days in before I send my application, will that be enough? Please can people offer any advice at all on the SDS process as I'm really keen to go for this. Thanks in advance.