I have just read many of your posts and I value your advice. I hope you can help me with a few personal questions. I am keen on adding an executive summary in future applications, as it sounds like a helpful tool to get invited to the interview, but I have a problem. I am from Germany, my qualification is the German 'Staatsexamen', subjects were English and Geography. I came to England the day after completing my university degree. Within a week I was working as a languages supply teacher (German and French). It somehow happened that I was only working in MFL so I got my QTS via the OTTP in that subject area. Now, in the executive summary I am supposed to show how I fit into their person specification. The first thing is always "degree in subject area". I don't have a degree in languages! I am a native speaker and I have seven teaching years experience, but I don't have the degree. Does it mean my application would straight be discarded? Another (bigger) problem I have is that I left my last school voluntarily after four years. I can't give too much detail, but a bullying head who clearly wanted me out and unfair capability procedures made me decide to leave. I have an agreed reference thanks to my union. But, not long ago I found out that on reference forms headteachers are asked to tick a box on whether that reference is part of a compromise agreement (which mine is). Is this true? And if yes, would you as a previous headteacher discard such an application straight away? Also, in the box "reasons for leaving" I always write "personal reasons". Is this acceptable? If you invited that person for interview, would you ask for details? I really hope you can help. I am getting disheartened, but I need to give it one final push to secure a job as of September and the application season is starting so I need to be prepared.