After being engrossed in these forums on and off for the last few years I'm finally in a position to post on here. I qualify next May and until recently had resided myself to the fact thatI would have to do an NQT year here. My daughter will be 8 by then and, at the risk of sounding unpatriotic, I want out of this sinking ship and don't think I could manage another English winter and dull system driven by teacheres who are more concerned with moving up the career ladder and heads running schools like businesses rather that inspiring the minds of our future generation. I have lived in Canada and am fairly well travelled so am already familiar with culture shock. I would love to hear any inspiration or stories from anyone who has done it and are happy, especially if you think that NQT is not necessary and going alone with a child is a good thing. I look forward to hearing from you.