Dear Theo, I've just visited a wonderful primary school where I would love to work, but when I was handed the application pack I saw they want a handwritten letter of application. There is no person spec in the pack, and no space for a personal statement on the LA application form. I'm quite daunted by having to handwrite a letter of application, as I know my handwriting can be a little erratic, but will give it a go. I apologise for the lack of paragraphs, but will number my questions for you: 1. How long should the letter be? As I said there's no space on the application form for a personal statement, but if I handwrite my 'typical' letter of application, it will of course be longer than two A4 pages typed, and surely be too long? Should I stick to two A4 pages, handwritten? 2. Given that it will be difficult to include all the things I would like to, and there's no person spec, what are the elements I should focus on? Should I still aim to include all the usual elements, and what about information which they can see from the application form, for instance which year groups I have taught? 3. Do I need to handwrite the school's address at the top of the letter as in a typed letter or can I leave it out to create more space for other things? 4. Why are they asking for a handwritten letter? Will they analyse my handwriting?? 5. Do you think I should still include an executive summary, even though there's no person spec, and if your answer is yes, I guess I could at least type that?