Dear Theo, I would be grateful for your view on what is likely to be required for a successful application to an independent school. My understanding is that it is not necessary to be formally qualified, however am unsure as to whether lack of QTS is a siginificant issue. I am a career changer having spent time as an army officer which has included teaching young adults for the last 3 years and have completed a PGCE (PCET) but have not completed QTS/QTLS - I am keen to move into teaching in the independent senior and sixth form sector within my original degree subject (BSc (Hons) gained 10 years ago). Is this type of background likely to be credible with HTs, or is there something more that I should work towards (given that I have a family and cannot afford to drop to a PGCE bursary or GTP salary for 12 months). Thanks.