Dear Theo, I would like your, and anyone else who'd like to weigh in on this, opinion on what I should do. I don't know any teachers here in the UK, so I don't have anyone to bounce ideas off of. I'm British but spent the last 20 years in the US, where I obtained my degrees and art teaching experience. I have a BFA in Photography and a Masters in Art and Art Education from the number 2 program in the US, Teachers College Columbia University. In the US it's done differently, and my teaching training was a part of my Masters degree. I completed over 30 weeks of Student Teaching, and passed the 3 exams necessary to become a Certified Teacher (from what I can gather, like the Qualified Teacher Status) by the New York State Department of Education. I taught for over 3 years at a school for gifted and talented students before being made redundant. (Art is not a tested subject in the US, and it's always the first to go during a recession.) Before I went into teaching, I had a career in commercial photography and Museum education, teaching HIstory of Art programs to children at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and I"m an exhibited artist. OK. I've applied for my degrees to be recognised by NARIC, the results are pending, but I'm not anticipating any problems with it. But I understand that none of my teaching credentials are transferable and that, to get a teaching post here, I'd have to be employed as an Unqualified teacher. I sort of feel that my experiences are very good and I've applied to many positions but haven't gotten one interview, nor have I been able to get any specific feedback. It feels like I'm beating my head against a brick wall! My questions for you: -What are the chances of being hired as an unqualified teacher with no UK teaching experience? Should I even bother? From what I was able to infer from a conversation with a woman at TDA, a school would have to really go out of their way to hire me, and I'm assuming that's not terribly likely. -If there is a chance of getting hired, is it safe to assume that only the worst schools--where no one else wants to teach--would be the ones to do it? -Also, I understand that unqualified teachers only make 15,000 pounds a year, which would be impossible for myself and husband to live on--is that salary negotiable or a national standard? I"m currently in the southeast but am happy to relocate anywhere in the UK for a teaching job but I have started to look outside of teaching. From where I stand, my chances don't look very good, so I feel I'll likely have to abandon teaching but, as I don't know the field here at all, I'd love your opinion on the matter. Sorry for the long post!