Thanks for the advice! I'm thinking of going in as a volunteer and hopefully getting a TA position for a bit first, to ease myself in.
I so wish I'd just done the NQT, but I had two terrible placements that destroyed my confidence and I was so worried I'd fail. I'm much more confident now because I got a lot of experience working with kids, so I know I can do it! Just hope I can get a chance.
To be quite frank with you, in the south east, if you have a pulse, a teaching qualification and want to do primary you'll be fighting schools off. My school is lovely and we've had no interest at all in the one vacancy we have for September.
You should be able to pick up a maternity cover/long term supply which will enable you to get up to speed fairly quickly whilst building a relationship with a class.