I am so anxious about this. I was told at Feb half term that I would have to leave my current post where I am (found out recently!) on UPS1. I have been trying, fruitlessly so far, to get into middle leadership and am currently taking my SENCO qualification. I have been applying for jobs in both primary and secondary but as I am an SEN teacher without GCSE and very little A -level experience I feel very limited. I also don't drive as financial circumstances have prevented me. I was offered a one year job on Monday in a local primary school but they are going to downgrade me to MPS4 due to the need to give me training to change phase. When I got home to crunch the numbers I was astounded to see how much I would be losing. There is also the risk that I won't get another job offer or might not find another job this time next year. I have applications outstanding and I know that there could be more jobs in the run up to half term but I am so torn. I have recently taken on a bigger mortgage and spent 5 years working for this pay grade and don't want to have to take another 5 to get back.