Hi I completed my NQT year in a state school which sent me home in tears every night from mid september onwards. I was on a fixed term contract of one year, and stuck with it to complete the NQT and become eligible for the golden hello. Despite my subject supposedly being shortage, all I could find was maternity positions, and I got one at an independent school (which follows the main pay scale, just to clarify incase somebody wanted to say that my higher indie salary should compensate). Anyway, clearly I am not eligible for the GH, though a young colleague tells me that I AM as it is a religious school. Is that true??? I don't think so myself. Main question now: when the maternity finishes, (July), if I can get a new job in a state school ready for Sept, will I THEN be eligible for the GH? I suppose in all honesty, if I will be, I'll centre my aim on state, and sadly, if not I might be tempted to try to find a position in a similar indie - purely because I haven't cried once at my new school. Thank you and best wishes. Creme egg!