Hello, I usually work as a supply teacher but would now like to try for permanent positions. You've stated in previous posts that teachers should put down their current or most recent Headteacher, what happens if you were on supply at a school for one term to cover the end of a teacher's maternity leave, do I still use them? If this is the case then I assume that I need to speak to my last headteacher to ask their permission first (as it's only polite), what do I do if they refuse? I did get regular glowing feedback from my supply agency but I'd like to think of the negative before thinking of the positive! Also, how hard is it to get a permanent position, I've heard reports that teachers with years of experience (like me) are finding it harder to secure positions because of their cost. Is this true? I need to look at ways of making myself desirable to other schools (difficult concept for me). Would it help my case if I included subjects that I had taught in the past for short periods of time as a way of enhancing my application? For example I have experience of teaching Maths and IT. Many thanks (in anticipation) for your help.