Am I imagining it or are schools actively discouraging OTT’s. I am an OTT with over 25 years teaching experience in Zimbabwe and South Africa (both former colonies with British based education systems). I trained at a much respected Teachers Training College in Zimbabwe graduating with a Cert Ed in 1983. Now I accept that I do not have a degree and did a 3 year course, but my 25 years teaching experience is way more invaluable than a 4th year at university, besides the route to my Cert Ed was exactly the same as the British route to a Cert Ed at the time. I am British Born and have both the right of abode and the right to work in the UK. The thing is, I have applied for over 100 advertised vacancies in West Sussex and Hampshire without success. Admittedly when I started this process in September, my personal statement was brief, but after reading the TES columns and your advice on statements etc, mine is now comprehensive. I include 2 excellent written references from the last two schools I taught at, and these along with my personal statement, should have at least got me to an interview. I have been turned down by quite a few, not heard from a few more (which I believe shows unprofessionalism by the schools involved) and have seen a number of vacancies re-advertised. I assume the re-advertising of the position is due to the school having not received an application from a suitable candidate. I believe that without first interviewing me or seeing me teach, a school is unable to quantify my ability as a teacher, and therefore all I can assume is that my qualification is not recognised and no British school is willing to take on an OTT if they can help it. Without employment I am unable to do an OTTP and therefore unable to convert my qualification to one that is acceptable in the UK. I have been into some British schools as a Supply Teacher. From what I have seen the schools are well resourced but the students are, if anything, behind children of an equivalent age in South Africa. As my husband is South African and in the UK on a general visitor visa, I will be returning to South Africa in January next year as he will be unable to change his visa if I cannot find work to support us and thereby satisfy immigration. So am I imagining it or is the UK actually discouraging OTT’s.