Hi everyone, I am currently working towards my PGCE, and am very interested in applying for a science (physics) post in an independent school as an NQT. Were I to work for several years in an independent, where would I stand on returning to work in the state sector? Would I be expected to return as an M1, or would my independent teaching experience be properly taken account of? There is an additional dimension to my question. I am planning to work in England for several years, but would like to return to my native Northern Ireland eventually. Again assuming that I would be transferring from an independent to the state sector at this time, would this move have any further implications for my future employability or pay grade? Many thanks in advance for your advice.