Dear Theo I am currently teaching in the Independent sector but am frustrated by the lack of opportunity for professional development (I would like to become a subject lead). I have applied for a job back in the state sector as I felt that this would be a better place to progress, and have got an interview for a class teacher role on Monday. I have been to see my Head and he has offered me a humanities co-ordinator role and the possibility of 'something more to apply for in 12 months'. This is my 4th year of teaching, but I came into Education with life experience, and I know that it is quite early to move up the ladder but I am more than ready. I am also concerned about the fact that if I stay in the Independent Sector for another 12 months and then there turns out to be nothing 'to apply for' at my current school, I would be in a much more compromised position when it comes to returning to the state sector. Do you have any thoughts on this? Many thanks.