Hi I was wondering if anyone can help or share their experience: I am an overseas trained teacher, and completed training in 2004 in South Africa, fully registered as a teacher then. First I did full time teaching in South Africa, and then moved to the UK and started doing supply teaching. Initially short term supply, but then mostly long term contracts via agencies. In December 2009 I completed QTS while doing the OTT programme, but did both the Core and the Q standards, and therefore got QTS with exemption from an induction (nqt) year. **In order to get this exemption, you have to show and convince the final assessor that you have more than two years’ experience and functioning above a nqt level. TDA guidance for OTTs, which states: "If the OTT has at least two years’ full-time teaching experience (or the part-time equivalent), subject to the agreement of the school and EBRITTP or DRB, they can apply for assessment against the induction standards at the same time." Now, since Dec 09 I completed the long term contract and then had a baby and took 12 months off. I am now returning after the Easter Holidays to the same school, but for the first time employed directly through the school and LEA. I found out today that I will be paid on M1. I phoned and asked about this, if they couldn't acknowledge at least some of my experience or at least the fact that I got exemption from in induction (and to get that I had to show at least 2 year exp)... But the woman could not think any further, than "when did you qualify in the UK". Does this sound right?? Should I be only on M1??? ________________________ Another question: I am right that I will not have to do an nqt year? (because of the exemption) And if a british nqt starts teaching, do they get paid on M1 at the BEGINNING of their NQT year, or at the BEGINNING of their second year, after completing nqt year?