Dear All I am due to begin my NQT year in September as a Mathematics teacher at a state school but had been hoping to get into the independent sector. I am a career changer from being a solicitor, so my background is not in maths. I have completed a subject enhancement course but I lack a maths based degree. I know this sets my at a disadvantage to other applicants but my question is how severely will it set me back in the independent sector? Will it be an almost insurmountable obstacle to getting a job? I have considered an open unviersity course to get to BSc. Before incurring the tutition fees, will it greatly enhance my chances of landing a role in the independent sector? Or is the open university not held in high enough esteem? (my law degree is from a redbrick btw) Your advice is much appreciated as I try and find the right path to get to where I want to be.