I am applying to become a primary teacher and have had one interview with an Academy Federation for a School Direct (unsalaried) position. I am coming from self employment (professional training) and really want a salaried position. I have two applications for salaried positions in with the Teaching Agency portal and both federations say they are short-listing right now so I cannot be sure what will happen with those yet. However, the realisation is dawning that the aims of SD(s) to attract people from industry are being subverted by schools and the scheme is this year a bit of scam. I (and other people in industry going into teaching with whom I have spoken) naively thought the salaried scheme existed to attract people already in jobs outside teaching, into the profession.Now it seems that all schools are demanding extensive school experience. In fact, they essentially want TEACHERS to apply for this position it appears! Thus the only people they take seriously for the salaried positions are teaching assistants since being a teaching assistant qualifies under the requirement of being in employment for 3 years! And almost none of the teaching assistants applying for SD(s) I have spoken to at open days and other events have worked outside the education sector. It seems to me that SD(s) has been subverted into a way for schools to cheaply upgrade their long-standing TAs. I am not sure this was the original purpose. Unfortunately for me, it means it will cost me around £20,000 more as a result to train as a teacher (additional cost of 'lost' income of the £20k salary under SD(s) and around £6k student loan minus potential bursaries under unsalaried). I wonder what is the experience of those in schools recruiting, those applying for SD(s) and those administering it? PS The reason I applied for an unsalaried role was as a fall back in case I did not get interviews for the salaried which I had expected given my belief outlined above. And one can only put in 3 applications via the Teaching Agency portal at one time.