Hi, Apologies for the long post but in 2011 I completed my PGCE and gained my QTS. Due to lack of jobs and personal circumstances (my partners job) I ended up moving out of the area where I had been training, lost my network completely and fell into a retail job. This job soon became a requirement and after moving again, I am now in a position where I want to get back in the classroom. I understand that it would probably be very difficult to embark on my NQT year after a 5 year break, so I feel it may be best to try and take up a teaching assistant post. This will allow me to regain my confidence in the classroom and get a more consistent view at current practices and the curriculum so that I can then embark on my NQT year when I feel I am back up to speed with the current landscape. There were always rumours that your QTS expired after 5 years but we were always told when training that this was not the case, although it was advised that after 5 years it may be more difficult to go back to teaching as the curriculum and landscape would substantially change in that time. The main frustration that I am having is that the recruitment agencies I have contacted so far simply wish to use me for cover supervisor positions which will improve my confidence and behaviour management strategies (although this was also my strong point) but I feel I will not get the long term experience I need to acquire the knowledge to get back in to the classroom. The agencies are also telling me that my PGCE is worthless at the moment because it has almost 'expired' (although I wasn't aware that it could expire!). I am really in search of advice or help to see whether this is a silly idea or if it would be possible, and if so, how! Thank you all in advance for the help you'll inevitably provide!