Almost three years ago I was made redundant - my organisation folded, so I went back into school teaching. Since then I have been really lucky and have had plenty work coming my way. I have been in two schools on a longer term basis in that time. I am really thankful for all the work coming my way as I know a lot of people have difficulty finding supply. I am just wondering if its ageism, (I am 54), or I am branded as supply - possibly why the interview day scenario went terribly wrong the other day. (By the way, I am still working at the current school where I have had the interview). I was amongst a number of applicants and we had a few things to do as part of the day on a rotation basis. Later on in the day, one of the staff asked one of the applicants if they could teach their lesson for one hour instead of a half hour, five minutes later just before my interview slot I was told they had decided not to take my application further, I was giving some feedback but it was quite vague and it was quite assuming on their part, and I really feel they hadn't read my personal statement at all. I was too shocked to challenge and just left the school. Considering I am a recognised face in that school and have worked really hard for at least 8 months on two separate occasions. I am wondering was this really brutal treatment or is this just the norm? because I left the school feeling a bit inferior to everyone else - at least the others were given the chance of an interview. I put so much work into prepping for that interview. I just would have been happier interviewed and then I could have said it was completely fair. What do you think? Excuse the typo in the title can't seem to change it!