Firstly, I'd like to say it's great to see you working on the TES site now that you have retired. You were so helpful to everyone anyway! I would like your advice please - on a couple of things. I resigned from my job in school last Easter after working in the school for 4 years. I didn't have a job but my headteacher knew my intention to leave and asked me to had in my resignation. I was planning to look for a job in the summer term. Unfortunately, soon after this I was teaching one day and had an excruciating pain that went down my leg. After this happening a few times, I went to my doctor and was diagnosed with sciatica. I was signed off work and ended up not being able to return to complete my committment to the school. I have been off work since. I am waiting to have an operation and my consultant has informed me that I will be ready to return to work in September. I am concerned about explaining that I have had a whole year off work. Also, I have found a job that I like but it is a phase leader on a Year 5/6 team. I taught for 3 years in both Year 5 and 6, then decided that I wanted to further my CPD by moving in Year 2. So it is 2 years since I was wrking in Years 5 or 6. Do you think that I have been absent to long to be considered for the job? I hope that you can help me. Thank you.