I completed my Maths PGCE in 2009 very successfully, went for the first job that came up that year, and got it. However, I left this job within a couple of weeks in September, as I was very unhappy there. I got back into schools in January 2010 with the one-to-one scheme and intervention work (and I have had exceptional feedback from pupils and staff), but am now wanting to get back into full time teaching. My problem is that I have applied for 7 jobs this year, got 5 interviews, but lost out. A few have been given to candidates with more experience, which softens the blow a llittle, but I am sure it is the situation with my previous job that is making things difficult for me. All the feedback from interviews has been very positive, with the only criticism being that I am perhaps 'too enthusiastic.' My previous jobs are listed in my application...so I would expect that if it was was a problem they would simply discard my application and not give me an interview. I have applied for a few more jobs this week, and if I get interviews for them, I am keen to make sure that my situation does not hinder me. I am usually asked about what happened regarding my first post, and thus far, I have been very honest and stated that I found the school difficult especially as they employed a large number of Maths NQTs that year. I emphasise that it was not a case of 'just having a bad day' and that after speaking to the Headteacher, it was better for the continuity of the pupils that I left when I did instead of working til the end of term. I also turn my situation into a positive, explaining how the past 2 years has given me incredible experience that makes me a much stronger NQT etc etc. Headteachers have said that I have answered the tough question well, but I still think this is a big issue in their decision. I have been tempted just to say I left for personal reasons that are no longer an issue, but I'm worried that that would make it look like I am trying to hide something and would go against me even more! I just want to shout 'please believe me, I will not quit and I am not a risk...in fact I am less of a risk that any other NQT because I know if I leave this job I will never get another teaching job again!' Your advice on how to handle this situation would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.