So, I have noticed that it is quite difficult to lasso your first job as an NQT so I was wondering whether applying for HLTA positions and the like would be a good way in. Obviousely there is supply work but I could only do the long term stuff due to not having very good eye sight. I need to think realistically. I've also practically had one year out which I know is not wise at all but it wasn't really intentional. A harrowing PGCE, aren't they all, with a great knock to my confidence meant that at the end of it I was very unsure whether I wanted to do class teaching. I am sure now though and although I have had some interviews there is such a great demand and I know that it will take some time. Its good to have some sort of experience and supply work isn't always available, expecially the long term stuff. I've been teaching, but this has been part time voluntary work with a local ecology centre. There are HLTA positions that mean you provide the cover to PPA and teacher absence. I'm not sure that this is actually what schools are supposed to be doing but they are. It's a bit cheeky but it could be a way in and give me some valuable experience. What d'ya think? Would be glad to see any opinons on the matter.