I am currently on M5 (and it is my 5th year in teaching). I know of a lot of good candidates who, when going for interview ask for a higher spine point than expected (e.g. my trainee has just applied for a job and has asked for M4 in the hope they would haggle her down to maybe M2 or M3 but they accepted M4! - so she will be on M4 in her NQT year!) I understand that to go onto UPS you have to have spent a certain amount of years at M6 and have a proven track record for contributing to the wider school etc etc... I have an interview and think I am a valuable candidate - the normal thing would be to go onto M6 at this new school, so how could I ask for anything above? Hope this makes sense.... Thanks for any help and advice.