Hi Theo, I have an interview next Friday for an MFL job I'd really like, but just in case I don't get it I'm still filling in other applications...the one I'm currently trying to do is for a maternity cover but is in the city I really want to return to, so in some ways is better than the job I might potentially get next week. Anyway, this isn't the point of my post. I'm confused by what the school is asking for in their application. It's a Catholic school, and the application form is (what I assume is) the generic Catholic Education Service one. Within this form, it has this little blurb: SUPPORTING STATEMENT Please provide a written statement, no longer than 2 sides of A4, detailing why you believe your personal qualities and experience are relevant to your suitability for the post advertised and how you meet the person specification. You should also pay particular attention to the national standards for the post and job specification for the position for which you are applying. HOWEVER, in the school's 'information to candidates' email, they say they want a completed application form (including, I presume, the supporting statement as a separate document) AND "a brief separate letter of application" which has to address "how you will contribute to highly successful outcomes in MFL". Would I not have done this already in my supporting statement? Does this mean the supporting statement requested by the application form and their 'brief separate letter of application' are one and the same? Or do they want a 2 side supporting statement and then another one addressing their specific question?! And how brief should a brief letter be?? SO CONFUSED!! Many thanks in advance for any pearls of wisdom.