Hello James, I finished my PGCE last year and immediately accepted a job in Hong Kong as a chance to see the world, teach in a new place etc, etc. One thing though that I have never been able to find out properly is my NQT status - I know I have to complete this within 5 years of qualifying but can this be done outside the UK? I have heard something about being classed as an overseas teacher with experience if I stay away for longer than 5 years but is this true? If I do decide to come back will my experience be ignored as it is outside the UK and mean I have to start back at a NQT level of salary? Or can my current school provide notifications of observations that will fulfil the NQT criteria? Any guidance would be much appreciated.