I am currently working in the maintained sector, but want to work at A-level in one of my academic subjects. I have put in a total of 40 applications - 14 of these have been to independent schools, but only resulted in one interview, whilst the 26 applications to maintained sector schools has resulted in 10 interviews. I have two degrees and am working towards an MSc. My first degree is from a university in Australia, my second and my MSc are with the Open University. Is this likely to be a major factor in preventing me from being shortlisted in independent schools and as such am I wasting my time putting in applications? Thanks.