I'd be grateful for any opinions, thoughts about my current situation: I qualified last year and managed to secure a fixed term supply contract at my final placement school until the end of this academic year. I've always though of it as being an opportunity for the head to guage my suitability for the permanent post which is to be advertised at Easter. She told me at the outset that she really thought that the post was more suited to a more experienced teacher (largely, I think because it is a year 5/6 class and results have been poor for some years). My own background (I'm a very mature NQT with lots of experience in other walks of life) includes 7 years as a TA working in a year 6 class, so I know the curriculum very well. I took over in January and was left no medium or long-term planning and a classroom that was more akin to a local refuse site. The children's last assessed writing had not been levelled and there was no medium or long-term planning. I've worked really hard to fill in the gaps in their learning (and there are plenty) and I've spent hours of my free time before school, after school and in the christmas and February holidays making my classroom look good. I also voluntarily run an after-school booster class for the year 6 children and attend extra-curricular activities such as swimming galas and discos(unpaid). Feedback from the head and other members of staff is that I'm doing a good job and that the class, which does have some challenging children, seems more settled. I love it at this school and would really like to stay, but it's recently dawned on me that if she wanted to, the head could just offer me the job without advertising it couldn't she? That said, I know there are lots of posts on other TES forums about people wasting their time applying for jobs which are already spoken for, so why are the jobs advertised? My dilemma now is whether to apply for other jobs that are starting to appear locally or to hang on and apply for my job. Your opinions/thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.