I've started my new job last week, several weeks early as the baby arrived much sooner than expected. I love my new class and feel I fit in well with the school generally. The contract was for terms 5 and 6 originally, and I was told the reason it wasn't longer was reorganisation of staffing in the summer, although secretly I thought maybe they wanted to check me out first and hoped there might be a chance of continuing after the summer. It turns out this is now my third maternity leave job without a prospect of it continuing - bad luck or what?! I have found out that the teacher I've replaced will return next year and then jobshare with another teacher at the school, who is currently full time. This means a full time and permanent job has become available, was advertised recently and the deadline is gone. Nobody at any point had mentioned this position to me, not at the interview or since then, and I didn't see the ad - mind you even if I had I would have been confused as to whether I should apply, as nobody had mentioned it to me. I'm feeling upset at the situation - why was the position not mentioned to me? Why am I 'good enough' for a short contract, but not for a 'proper' job? Why did they not give me a chance and wait to see how I'm doing before advertising? Am I being too sensitive, thinking they want somebody younger than me? What do you think?