I work at an independent school and I am so sick of the comments I get from friends and acquaintances who dislike private education. I have many friends who are teachers, or training to be teachers, and I constantly get comments such as 'My friend says most people who work in independent schools aren't even qualified' or 'You took money from the government (no I didn't!) and now you don't work in their schools'. People seem to forget that the parent's of children at private schools still pay their taxes so what does it matter? The worst is 'My PGCE tutor says that if you get a job at a private school you will never ever get a job in a state school and your NQT year doesn't count'. The latter greatly upsets me as my NQT was very hard and it does count! I would also like to move back to state school later on and if people in charge of training teacher's are spreading these lies then what hope is there! I am so sick of it and it has come to the point where I have been made to feel like I am a 'failure' or have messed up my career for teaching in an Independent school. When I originally got this job I was even 'told off' by my own PGCE tutor! Am I the only one who comes across these kind of prejudices or do others face this too? Perhaps I should just fins some new friends...or family?!