At a recent meeting I was speaking to a mature NQT who is struggling to get short listed for appointments. They said on one occasion that the head teacher showing them around the school openly admitted they were looking for a young NQT. It appears that being mature and having life experience and skills is no substitute for youth. I myself have struggled to get short listed and being male thought we would have been in demand!!! People say that it is important to visit the school but when you are already in a post it is difficult. I email schools informing them of the difficulty in getting away and ask if I could view the school if short listed without in a lot occasions even getting a reply. Does the fact that a NQT is mature male have an adverse effect on whether you get shortlisted? Frustrating is one word I use.