I just finished my PhD and I am now on a training for QTS. So by Sep 2016, I will be NQT. I have always wanted to teach and I am originally from Shanghai (China)! As probably you can now guess, I am now a Secondary (trainee) Maths teacher! Long story short, there is a changing in teaching secondary maths. I am really enthusiastic to adopt my shanghai style teaching into the UK classroom. But as I am on training, I have to consider all teachers' standards. So as much as I can "try" to teach in certain ways, if things don't work, or don't seem to work at the moment, I'd be "told" what "should" I be doing or "how" should I be teaching. But that "should be doing" did not make UK students good at maths. Did it? My 1st problem is: As I am "only" a trainee, how much "freedom" is there? How would you suggest I copping with the "correct" way of teaching? Second problem is more personal. I am not a citizen in the UK. Although the working visa only requires about 25K salary, I can definitely find "a" job and keep being a maths teacher. Realistically, that means I will probably renew my visa every year, or every 2-3 years depends on the contract. I don't want to have this constant pressure on me. Good news is that I have an interview very soon and the job offers Main pay range/UPS. Can someone clarify this for me? I am still not quite sure about what's the difference between UPS and "Leadership Group Pay Range"? What's the best approach to argue for a higher pay scale? Or what determines the pay scale? Also there is the argument about what's the best category to stay due to tax reasons? Any suggestion on this?