Hey fluteman, thanks for reviving my thread. I reckon as a secondary NQT you can pick and choose slightly. You get the added bonus I think, that if you held out for a job in the pool and didn't hear by mid june - there will probably be loads of NQT jobs going spare and if you end up with a less than ideal post for you for the long term, it is quite acceptable for an NQT to move on from their NQT school after their first year. There is always supply teaching in London to tide you over if your gamble on waiting for the pool doesn't take off! You can get up to £140 a day. I'm still waiting with baited breath for 'THE PHONECALL' from SCE offering me a wonderful job and I got accepted onto the pool in March this year. I was told that security clearance takes about 8 weeks (which passed this weekend!) and that offers aren't made until this is done. Fingers crossed eh. I can't wait to get out there and be within driving distance of the rest of Europe. Go for it and I really hope you get accepted. I would look back at earlier postings on this thread to see what other people think about life in SCE.