Hi there, I'm currently doing my ITT year in an independent school and loving it. I know no two schools are the same, but because of the great experience I've had, I'd really want to try get a job in the independent sector for next year. I'm just wondering if, as an NQT, schools would even look at my application? I've already applied for a few which say they're equally happy to consider NQTs, but are they actually? So far this year, I've got involved where I can with extra-curricular activities, and pastoral care is something I'm interested in and really want to get more experience in it, but there's quite a few barriers to that whilst I'm still training. I feel like I'm trying my best to get this all across in my application, but I know that a few months experience and saying things that I'd like to do, don't have much on years of solid experience. I know jobs at independent schools are extremely competitive in any case, but I keep telling myself that I'll miss all the shots I don't take, so I want to go for it, but after not hearing back from anyone so far, I'm beginning to wonder if I'm maybe wasting my time, and should get a few years in a state school under my belt first? Thanks for any advice!