I qualified as a teacher at 40 and completed my NQT year and it's all been down hill since then. I had a one year maternity cover contract for my NQT year and when it ended I didnt find another job. I've done some cover work, a one term part-time contract (at the same school) examination work (the new GCSE) I ended up drifting back to my old career so I could have some job/ financial security but still applying for teaching jobs but no luck! I would love to get back to teaching. There are very few jobs and the ones that are there when I apply I'm not even getting asked for an interview. I've been out of teaching for 2 years (4 years since last full time job) I feel I need to do something to get myself back in the game so to speak. Can anyone offer me advice on how supply works, whether cover teaching is a good way to get into a school, whether I should consider further study /qualifications - even volunteering in a school? My subject is RE and I love my subject but I'd consider studying other subjects or even studying/ changing to primary as I have a lot of experience of younger children too. I became a single parent during my NQT year which made job hunting tougher (didn't want to commute too far) but my children are teenagers now so I'd really like to get back to teaching before it's too late.