Hello! Just have a genuine question to ask. I'm in my NQT year in a shortage subject (science/chemistry) and love my job and school. I came to teaching after 8 years working in the field of education but not teaching. I took a post at M2 (although in a previous interview for a different school I was offered M3/M4) because I liked the school and wanted to work there and didn't want to come across as pushy/money grabbing etc. Obviously I still really like my school. Since starting, I have had two observations marked as good and three as outstanding including one during our recent ofsted inspection. I always get excellent feedback for activities I do other than teaching (after school club, good practice sharing, writing resources for others to use etc) and am well thought of in my department. In September it is likely that we will move to Academy status. My feeling is that this would be a good time to enquire into the possibility of missing out M3. People in my department close to me in age but with more teaching experience have suggested that this is worth trying for and several of them started on M3 in other schools. There is a non-qualified teacher with one more year's experience than me who is on M3 now and may move to M4 by end of academic year. Before anyone says it, I know I should have/could have negotiated more when I first started but I didn't want to give the school the wrong impression about me - it's not about the money.I just wondered what people thought my chances were now?