Apologies if this has already been asked somewhere! I finished my course in Jan 2011 and gained QTS in March 2011. I was employed on a maternity cover post from Jan-July (as the school were confident I would pass my course!) but of course could only complete a term of my induction, seeing as I didn't have QTS until the March. Towards the end of my course, I registered with a few agencies in the hope of finding work, and did a couple of days general supply cover as an unqualified teacher, paid at the lowest supply rate. Then I luckily found my maternity cover post and did no more supply (due to it being very very quiet) until Jan or Feb of this year (2012). My question is, when does the 16 month supply rule start for me? I had always presumed it started from the first day I did any supply, e.g. Dec 2011. This means I will need to apply for an extension in July, which my LEA have said they will almost certainly grant, but if I don't manage to secure an induction post within the following 12 months, I will have to stop teaching both supply and also as a peripatetic teacher (although I'm not sure about this, as I teach 1-to-1 vocal lessons, not whole classes, and I have quite a few colleagues working for the same Music service as me who have never completed induction, but are still working as peris - has no-one noticed or was I misinformed?!). However, it has now ocurred to me that maybe the supply I did before I qualified shouldn't be counted? Obviously, if it wasn't, this would be great as it would buy me a lot more time - but I don't want to get into any trouble. Having called the teaching enquiry line, I was directed to the DfE website, which doesn't answer my specific question. Any advice would be very welcome!