hi. Thanks for checking the thread. Given the current difficult jobs situation I am re-assessing what to do re: applications. I am looking for an NQT post. I am currently doing supply, maybe 2/3 days a week. Question: Would you be more inclined to take on someone who had scant supply exerience, or an NQT who had worked as a classroom assistant? I am beginning to think, that in order to improve my appliations I would be better off with a Teaching Assistant post in my work history, thus meaning I can provide a proper reference from a school who knows me and has worked with me/seen the standard of my work for a block period, rather than a) relying on what are fast beoming out of date references, because nobody wants a supply reference. I would really welcome your views, as I appreciate the frankness you show on these boards, and the experience you are so willing to share with us all. Thanks again, domton.