I am a fully qualified EU OTT, with QTS awarded in October last year. I have 8 years' experience working as a MFL private tutor in the UK and Switzerland. I also have 4 months' classroom experience as a MFL teacher and form tutor in Romania (I am qualified to teach French and English to the 11-18 age group). I find myself in a catch-22 situation where I need to gain classroom experience at secondary level in an English school ... before I can teach in an English school. Since January this year, I have submitted my application together with my CV to almost 60 English secondary schools, without luck…. I would equally be interested in applying for a French language assistant job at a school or to be engaged in a mentor training programme. My main goal is to get used to the different activities and routines in the classroom, as well as to the learning environment at KS3 and KS4 levels. Q1: How do I get classroom experience if no school is willing to give me the first chance? Q2: What “special ingredient” should I add to my application in order to meet the British schools recruitment standards? Any answer will be highly appreciated.