Last week I attended an interview day with 5 other candidates for 2 maternity cover positions. When I realised the others were all NQTs I started to feel a little more confident.(I have 6 years behind me.) I did not get the job and during my feedback phone call the HOD told me the two successful candidtes were stronger.Am I being cynical by thinking 'stronger' means 'cheaper'? If not, I must be doing something very wrong!