Hello! I am currently working 2 days a week in apart time job (child minding assistant), doing supply the other 3 days (when there is work! Usually 1/2 days a week) and trying to find my first position as a class teacher (primary). At the moment I am working on applications for roughly 35 schools. The vast majority have 'visits to the school warmly welcomed' or similar in the job advert. As far as I'm aware, this is a sort of code for 'we are expecting so many applications that we won't entertain your application unless you come visit the school.' Indeed, at the majority of school visits I have been on, there has been some form of 'register' whereby the school can take note of who has actually visited. One Head even went as far as saying it was an informal part of the selection process. Of course, I understand that in the current climate it must be a slog going through the hundreds of applications that come in, and schools need a way to make an initial cut... My problem however, is that a lot of school visits take place either during the school day, or just after school has finished, when I am either working my part time job (which I need in order to be able to pay the rent...) or I am not sure if I will be working on supply that day. How do other people juggle the demand of school visits alongside other jobs / supply? I can't really ask for time off every time I have a school visit, as I would never be at work! I am starting to think it is going to be an impossible task to even get an interview (I've had 1 since I started job hunting a year ago, and was 'pipped to the post') Is it ever possible to get an interview without going on a school visit?