Hi, I am a graduate student, coming to the end of my PhD, and I am considering a career as a Maths teacher at an independent secondary school. I was wondering if anyone could offer any advice, particularly about the following things: 1. I do not have a PGCE, and don't particularly wish to do one (I feel that I've been a student for too long now!). To what extent will this count against me when I apply for jobs? I do have extensive teaching experience at university level, as well as a first class degree, and I will soon have a PhD too (both from Oxford University). Given this, do I have a reasonable chance of securing a job at an independent secondary school? 2. My bachelor and masters degrees are in Chemistry, and my PhD, whilst carried out in the Chemistry dept, has been in Theoretical Physics. Pretty much all of the teaching I've done at university has been in Maths. I was wondering if the fact that I don't have a degree in Maths (even though I've spent a lot of time studying/teaching it) would count against me when applying for Maths teaching jobs? 2. I have heard that the first year of teaching is hard work, and I imagine for me this would be particular true, given that I have no experience of school teaching. I am not averse to this, but could anyone give me an idea of what is involved in the first year/term? Particular I am interested in how many lessons a new teacher typically gives a week, how many hours of lesson planning are required etc. 3. I realise that this would vary from school to school, but is it very common for independent schools to offer accommodation to their teachers? If so, is it often subsidised? 4. Outside of the usual school hours, what is typically involved in teaching at an independent secondary school? I am thinking of house responsibilities, sports, field trips, etc. Is much work typically required outside of term time? I realise that these questions probably seem quite ignorant, but I'm just trying to get as much information as possible before deciding whether a teaching career is for me. Any help anyone could give would be much appreciated. Thanks.