Hi, I am heading towards the end of another year temp contract with no job to go to in September. I have applied for a number of posts again this year, always including an ES in my application and demonstrating how my 10 years of teaching experience is what a school is looking for but I have not had any response. One school replied only to say that the vacancy was no longer available. Please could you help with the following? 1: In 2013 I left a position in December after a length of informal capability. I had union support and accepted a sum of money and an agreed reference. Whilst I no longer need to put this school as a reference, I have been putting the leaving reason simply as "contract ended". Should I change this to "personal"? 2: During my current temp contract, I took 5 months of maternity leave (bad timing I know!) Do I need to include this on my application form because, in affect I was still employed at the time...? 3: I am thinking of sending my CV to local school and offering my self as a supply teacher, rather than going through agencies (both agencies I have used in the past insisted on pay through umbrella companies). How far back into my teaching career does my CV need to go and would a school even bother recruiting supply teachers in this manner or is there a better way to go about it? Sorry for the long post and thanks in advance for any advice!