This question may have been asked before. I trained as an art teacher 9 years ago. My last permanent post was in 2006 and then I took some time for career break, supply work and do charity work abroad in 2008. Since 2008 I had been in and out of supply due to the recession etc and couldn't secure a post. I am currently doing supply work but haven't been successful in being shortlisted for applications. I have been showing friends who are in teaching, looking on TES for advice in writing supporting statements, asking schools for feedback to improve my applications. I know it's a tough time and with art being an oversubscribed subject there are far too many teachers applying. I understand that NQT's are cheaper to take on for schools and fresher where as experienced teachers are more expensive. My thinking at the moment as I have been unemployed for over a year is just to get a job. I have in the past looked at other options other than teaching but I know I have a lot to bring/skills having done charity work, community and arts related work in teaching. I have even asked my previous school to come in and do voluntary work once a week to keep up to date with the curriculum, working with students to show schools am determined. Can I not ask just to be paid at an NQT rate in my application/supporting statement? I am willing to just to start afresh but it's just even securing an interview which would boost my confidence. Any advice?