Please could you advise. I am a qualified teacher. I have spent the last year volunteering to gain additional experience in a primary school. Currently I am a supply teacher and a volunteer. I am seeking a more permanent post. At the end of my primary training I did secure a full-time teaching post but was unable to take the position due to family illness. I am now in a position to take on the responsibility of a more permanent post. I am going to apply for a part-time position (2 days a week), Unfortuneatly I have heard conversations across schools that have suggested that supply teachers are (often) considered sub standard and not good enough to secure a class teacher position. (These are not my words or beliefs). On the back of these comments I would like to tell the school about previous circumctances (being a carer) and the reasons for wanting a part-time position. I also live in an area where jobs are scarce with lots of competition. How can I portray myself in the best light? Should I include this information in the cover letter? What happens if they skip straight to my application? Thank you for taking the time to read and reply.