I finished my PGCE in Summer 2011 and have managed to do 2 terms of my NQT but haven't been able to get the third done. Due to lack of jobs for my subject all I've done is supply work (some long term) since qualifying and for this reason I am currently looking for non-teaching jobs. I went for an interview for a civil service job a few weeks back and the response was that I reached the required standard but due to the number of applicants who did they have put me on their reserve list for a job (which does happen as my husband was put on their reserve list and later offered a job). I am looking around for other things but not getting very far with the lack of jobs in general. Is it still the case that you can only do 5 years of supply without completing your NQT year? Does it make any difference that I've done 2 terms of it? I'm just starting to get a bit concerned that I may not find something else by Summer and I cannot be in a position where I'm not able to work. My husband works so I wouldn't be in a position to claim anything (not to mention I'd rather not anyway) and we would struggle without me at least earning something as a top up. I've had a look online but can't find much about it. I spoke to a supply teacher recently who said he hadn't done his NQT and had been qualified for more than 5 years but his agency had allowed him to continue to work. Any info appreciated!