I hope you can advise? I have been supply teaching for the last three years after accepting a settlement agreement and agreed reference from my last school. My hours were cut due to a lowered uptake in my subject, and I was no longer needed and bullied out. Since then I have been supply teaching and applying for permanent teaching roles. I have a strong CV and perform well in interviews. I have also used the last three years to gain a masters degree. I frequently get shortlisted for jobs and have even been pursued by schools to apply for positions. However, I have now been for eight interviews and despite hearing feedback such as "you were a strong candidate", I never get the position. I am 46 years old and a single parent. In the past I have needed to take additional time off work to care for my children when they are sick, but not too much (however, my sickness time off will be higher due to this). I have predominantly taught in private schools and was frequently advised not to disclose that I was taking time off to care for my sick children (as it wasn't allowed), but to instead pretend it was me that was ill. My children are older now, but I'm worried that this, along with the fact that I'm older and more expensive means that I'll always lose out when it comes to getting the job. I know that I am a good teacher, but I'm afraid that something is stopping schools from hiring me. I am now at the point where I am seriously thinking about leaving teaching altogether - which seems like a waste of time and money gaining a master's. Is there any advice you can give me? I have had interviewers tell me that I'm the strongest candidate only for them to go radio silent after the interview and then fail to offer me the job. The reasons I am being given make no sense. They say that I "don't have enough experience", when I know that the other candidates are both Nqts. Or, that I didn't talk enough about 'cultural capital', through to "you didn't seem compassionate when we spoke about pupil premium students". My children are pupil premium so I do understand their plight! One interviewer told me that I didn't need to teach a lesson as part of the interview, only to then 'spring it on me' when I had arrived unprepared. Then the feedback I was given was that my lesson observation was "nothing special". My point is that if feedback is never truthful due to the school being worried about the employment law and discrimination etc, how will I ever know what it is that's holding me back? Instead I'm left guessing what it might be. I am facing leaving a career I have put my heart and soul into. Any advice would be appreciated. I can't move away so that's not an option.