I completed my PGCE and gained QTS in secondary music in 2014. Last year I started my first job and unfortunatley had a terrible experience where I felt both pressurised and unssaported which ultimatley led me to failing my NQT year. Whilst I enjoyed my placement schools on my PGCE, in my first job the school atmosphere was much more stressfull, I regularly had class sizes of 37 students without support or enough equipment (even enough chairs!!), and the only other music teacher who was also my mentor was regularly off sick for a number of reasons. Unfortunatley I only realised I was definitley going to fail when it was too late to resign before the end of term. My NQT assessor suggested that I look into other careers and that teaching is probably not for me, but I wanted to know can I technically work in any schools at all? Do you need QTS and to have passed your NQT year to work in private schools or 6th form colleges? I enjoy working with children and love teaching my subject and whilst I did experience difficulties with managing behaviour with some classes, I felt as though I gained little support with dealing with this in my previous school. I feel as though I would not encounter this in the FE or Private Sector. Currently I am doing a Masters in my subject to build and expand my subject knowledge and I am also tutoring A level Music privatley and teaching piano privately. Whilst I can earn an income from this I would prefer to the challenge of working in a school and may look at applying if eligible for positions starting in September. Any advice on where I can potentially apply or from anyone who has experienced a similar position would be helpful. I was also thinking of volunteering at my local 6th form college to gain experience and also hopefully a positive reference.