Hi Theo Didn't get the job today but I was the only candidate shortlisted who did not have a connection with the school already. There were two internal candidates and the other two had done placements there. The head said I was second and he was really sorry he was not able to offer me a post and he wished he had too jobs and I would have been offered it if there had been. He said they had really been nitpicking to choose between us. He also went on to ask whether I had considered another school in the area that had a post. I said I had but had not applied as it was KS1 and so far I had failed to gain interviews for any KS1 posts because I don;t have a lot of experience - only a 6 week block. He praised my lesson (LA year 3/4) and said there was no reason why, given the lesson I had done today and the quality, that I could not do KS1. He then explained the head at the school has been recently appointed and was his deputy and had the same philosophy for education as he did and that if I were interested in applying he would contact them and suggest they see me as I was such a strong candidate. Needless to say, I have now sent in an application form (the person spec was identical to the other school and I have just added a few extra bits about EAL that is more pertinent to this school) and written a new opening paragraph for my application letter. Has anyone else experienced this before where one head has recommended a candidate they interviewed to be interviewed elsewhere?