Apologies for a question I am sure is asked often, but after reading various things on the the internet and this forum I am still none the wiser. I thought it's best to just ask the question and hope there is a kind and more knowledgeable person here that could put me straight. In 2012 I qualified in Wales as a secondary science teacher with flying colours, however a terrible experience with a terrible school tutor left my self belief on the floor. After qualifying I took what i thought would be a short term job with an environmental organisation, developing and managing their education and training activities across North Wales. I worked with schools, and in schools, PRUs, collages, and so on. I am now in a position where I would like to get back into mainstream teaching and think i have a lot to offer as an NQT. I am reading conflicting things about time restraints on this. Am I still able to apply for jobs as an NQT? do i have to apply for an extension? And where do i stand with cover teaching? Any advice would be greatly appreciated in advance.