2 years ago, as an NQT, I could barely afford to get to work every day! (Can just about manage it now!) Especially being from Cornwall - Rent is £750, then there's bills, council tax and having a life! The plight is real, but can be considered manageable. This is until you factor in the dinosaur, part-time teachers who moved up the scale before it was performance related... Really irritates me how somebody who works 1, 2 or 3 days a week can earn more than somebody who works full-time (maybe slightly more annoyed than I should be, being the only full-time member of staff!) Let's not get started on the distribution of TLR's... Working abroad in most countries would give me a better deal. As soon as my partner has finished her studies, I think we will be off! The hardest part now is finding the time outside of work to do the research!