I am an NQT working in an inner city, challenging secondary school. My time so far has been horrendous and no amount of teacher training can prepare anyone for life in this environment. Rather than moaning, I decided to do something about it and have been applying to independent boarding schools. I have paid for application advice from the TES advisory service. Unfortunately, 5 applications down the road, I haven't been able to secure an interview! I am happy with each of the personal statements and have followed the advice I have been given. I do have a 2ii from a new university and my PGCE is also from a new university. Is this why I am not being invited for interviews? When lookingh for my 1st post in state schools, I had no problem in being invited for interviews and was offered the 1st post I interviewed for. Are independent schools so fuelled by snobbery that they recruit depending on academic background as opposed to quality of teaching? I have read inspection reports for schools charging 25k+ a year in fees and, quite frankly, they have been far from impressive. Yet, after applying to such a school, I still was not invited for interview! My faith in education has been completely crushed and I'm sure I will end up being yet another casualty of our wonderful education system.