Hello, I am writing this on behalf of a friend who is currently completing their PGCE this month (June 2011). Unfortunately they have not yet found a NQT position even after a pool applications and other interviews. I am trying to better understand the NQT job seeking process to offer them some support. They have approximately 4 years early years work experience and the same amount of relevant study experience. Work includes private and public nursery settings. Study includes a BA in Early Years. Their PGCE specialisation is in a foreign language (the same as their mother tongue). They were not born or schooled in the UK however have lived and studied in the UK for 5+ years. From what I gather, qualified PGCE students need to undertake a year of teaching to attain their QTS. Therefore landing a job for September is a great start career wise. Any other alternatives (such as volunteer/supply work) do not count to your QTS. Job search so far has consisted of applications through placement school, NQT pools and direct. Aiming for a primary school within the London borough (North or South). So questions: 1) At what stage do jobs for September dry up? I know there was a deadline for teacher resignations in May/June but does this impact the job market? 2) Would a non-UK schooling background disadvantage a candidate? 3) How are accents or English as second language perceived by employers? How can one better present themselves (eg IELTS, speech therapy)? I know this is even a challenge for UK born candidates. 4) What alternatives to full time NQT role exist for achieving QTS status? I will continue to read the many helpful articles posted on this site. I suspect that perseverance and determination are needed to find work in this competitive market? Many thanks in advance.