I started at my school as an NQT in February this year, covering a maternity leave. The school have just offered me a perm contract, to start when the person on maternity leave returns (by which point I will have completed my NQT year). All good news! BUT... At what point can I expect an official pay raise (i.e. a jump from my current M1 to M2)? Can I ask to start my perm contract on M2, and then expect another jump to M3 in the autumn of 2012? Not sure what I can expect to happen as a result of the normal rules governing teachers pay, and what is reasonable to ask for. Thanks!