Hello I've looked over the government regulations for NQT extension, but think that the answer is vague, so asking people on here to check and thank in advance your answers. Owing to my first school's complete lack of support as a P/T NQT, the NQT borough coordinator has decided to grant an extension of a term which according their letter 'will be competed at the end of the autumn term on Friday 18th December 2015' . Adding to the mix, I left this first school in May 2014, and got a maternity cover job from January to July 2015 to complete the NQT full time. This second school was more supportive, but I was the only teacher in the department and I had to get that year's cohort through their BTEC, which they passed. As I only really had from May half term to July to attain Teachers' Standards, this school, felt that I couldn't be signed off ; despite carrying out all other teacher duties. My question is, although I gained QTS in September 2013, does the extension period have to be completed by the date stipulated or have I got till 2018 (5 year completion date)? If it is to be by Friday 18th December 2015, what if I cannot find/get a post in a suitable school, as I do not wish to repeat the first school.