I left a permanent post in December 2016 - mainly for the sake of my mental health and wellbeing! No problem, I thought. I'm an experienced teacher with good references - I'll get something else soon enough. Three years of temporary contracts later and I'm losing the will a little bit! The last contract was eight months and turned out to be a positive experience. Despite Ofsted mentioning my Year group as being particularly strong, the three permanent posts went to NQTs. I believe a lot of this is down to budget and possibly my age. (Nearly 40 so not that old). I've been studying for my SENCO award (paid for myself) as this is something I would love to do. I have experience in special schools. I had an interview the other day and they liked me aside from the fact that I didn't have SLT experience. I don't think this is something they typically look for, though. I do lots of sports coaching and I work for a charity as a volunteer too. Any thoughts or words of encouragement?