After finishing my PGCE last June I was lucky enough to secure a permanent position last September. The college is lovely and modern, my manager really accommodating, students on the whole are great and I am already attached to them. I really enjoy teaching my two subjects and I know I am a good teacher. I don't feel like my workload is too much at the moment - it is about right. The problem is the commute. The college is not close - the commute is over an hour in the mornings, and sometimes and hour and a half in the evenings, and is starting to take its toll. I am constantly exhausted. The low pay is also an issue, as I took a 0.8 contract as I couldn't bear the thought of travelling there 5 days a week. The day off really helps me recuperate mentally and physically,even though I spend most of it marking and prepping! But the trade-off is I am struggling to meet my monthly outgoings, even with the help of my partner's income. We went into debt for me to do the PGCE and had to borrow a lot, which we are paying back now. As a result we can't afford to save or book a holiday - the things that keep you going when you're working all the hours! I am always looking for jobs nearer to home. I applied for another job and been offered an interview! It's closer to home (about 40 minutes drive) and it is also a permanent position. However, they are asking me to come in for interview on a teaching day, adn I am unclear what my salary would be. So..My first question is, at what point can I ask what my pay might be? the application form says the MPS rate of 'between £24,098-£39,329'. So if i am on the lowest point now as an NQT (my college pays £24,869 pro-rata), if I moved to another college, would they move me up a point, or keep me on the same one? Could they even give me less (i.e. £24,098)? My second question is, do I have to tell my current employer I have applied for another teaching position? The potential new employer is asking for a reference from my current employer, and also asking me to attend interview on a day I am teaching. Unless they agree to change it to my day off and accept my previous employer as a referee, I will need to tell my current employer I have applied. What do other teachers do in this situation? Is it best to come clean? Are we obliged to let them know we are thinking of leaving? My worry is, if I don't get the other job, then they will know I tried to leave, and as the staff are quite gossipy in my staffroom, I know my name will be mud!. My third question I suppose to myself is, - is it worth attending at all? I knew teaching would be hard work, but I am amazed at just how little they are paid for the amount of work they (we) do! I've been told once I build up two years of resources that it will get easier, but I'm not sure I can hack another year of lost evenings and weekends...I am nearly 50 and feel like I have nothing to forward to, as even though I get long holidays, I can't afford to book anything!! I am wavering about whether I made the right career move. Before doing my PGCE I had a long career in the voluntary sector which, although insecure, was better paid. I keep thinking, why don't I just go back and find a better paid job? But I was unhappy and felt unfulfilled. The positives of teaching are that I absolutely love time with my students and we have great discussions. I like creating good resources and don't even mind the planning most of the time. Any advice greatly appreciated !