I've been appointed to a new post, so today was interview day for my post. I was pulled aside by my headteacher and sternly told that it wasn't appropriate for me to communicate with the candidates and that I should "take a back seat" at lunch time. In other words, he didn't want me talking to them and since I was due to be free for two hours today due to year 11 time I shouldn't sit in the office (where they were being 'held') and chat with them whilst I was working. Moreover, I was pretty much told to avoid the faculty office at lunchtime. Does this strike anyone else as a) wrong - surely the candidates have the right to speak to anyone in the school they want to; they are making a decision about whether they want to work there, after all and b) as though the head is somehow scared that I would say something unflattering about the school? In fact, I had greeted the candidates that morning, introduced myself and asked them a little about themselves (name, where have you trained...mundane things like that). I made a few positive comments about the school: You'll like it here, the kids are nice, this is a fun department to work in...and so on. Why would a headteacher feel that this is inappropriate? At my recent interview, the outgoing member of staff was the person I spoke to the most! She came and sat with us at break time and gave us lots of information about the post and what she'd done so far. Odd? I was rather miffed I must say, especially given the way it was delivered.