After not getting the job after my lesson observation and interview last week, I sent in an application online for another job I had spotted. The advert clearly stated they wanted an experienced teacher, so I figured I was in with a shout. It was a permanent KS2 post and they wanted someone who could co-ordinate a core subject (my #1 specialism is English). I was an invited for an interview today and it went really well! They asked really interesting questions and the ideas for my answers flowed - I was relieved I had given intelligent, articulate answers for at least some questions. I met the head, deputy head and two of the governors and they were all really nice people. So I had a good feeling about it but didn't honestly think I'd get it. The head phoned a while ago (I've been out to pick up my son in the meantime) and said they were very impressed with my interview, but worried about the time I've had out of teaching (5 years now). She said she wanted to offer me a fixed-term contract for the summer term (the post was always to start in April) and they can then review the situation later in the term and decide whether to make me permanent, and asked me how I'd feel about it. I couldn't believe it! I couldn't get my words out on the phone - I'm just so pleased to be given a chance, and at the very least I will get back in the classroom, get some experience, and the chance to prove myself and get a recent reference, even if they ultimately decide I'm not the right person for their school. It will be full-time in a Y3 class and all the paperwork will be completed shortly after Christmas - lovely school, lovely area, lovely people, and the chance of the contract being extended. I'm happy - but shell-shocked! Supply in the meantime from January to April for me, which is all set up and ready to go. I'm excited to get back into teaching again! Thanks for all the advice and support from everyone here!