Wasn't sure which forum to put this on but thought I'd put it here as it has the highest volume of traffic! I'm looking to move jobs and areas (and hopefully up the ladder at the same time) for September. A job has come up that I think may be suitable BUT it is in a private school and I am unsure how I feel about this for several reasons: 1. I want to work my way up the career ladder over the coming years - if I go into the private sector now at such a young age (I have been teaching 5 years) will I find it hard to get back into state education as I have had rumours that this is the case. 2. I understand that pay is not necessarily the same in private schools as state schools (the job advert does not mention pay) - is the pay generally the same or is it lower as the terms are shorter? I genuinely have no idea about these things as I have worked in deprived areas for all my teaching career which I have loved, so not even sure if the Private sector will be right for me - I just wanted to think about all my options.