Hi James This is something that has been niggling away at me more months. In 2009/10 I did my PGCE and was offered a job at my second placement, since a FT staff was leaving in the department. I was extremely happy and took it up almost immediately. The job was advertised in a small paper, where only one person applied, but was then rejected due to poor application and I was then told that the job was mine for the taking. I was offered a PT post but was not interviewed for the job and my contract was also only for 1 yr. I was told that I was to be interviewed on x day, but when I turned up, it was not an interview, just a handover session with the HOD. I questioned what would happen after 1 yr and I was assured that a senior member of the dept would be retiring and I would easily be able to step into his shoes.... However, this is nothing like what happened. At the end of the yr, the senior staff member did leave, taking up redundancy, a FT post did come up, but this post was advertised on TES among other media. From ad to interview the process was very quick and within 2 weeks I found myself in the principals office for an interview. Unbeknown to me, among the interviewees was a subject consultant, who worked for the city council, he was also the best friend of another staff member in the dept and was well known amongst the dept and eventually this was the person who was appointed. My query is, that I was mislead into taking up the post and being assured of a post for the following years when it seemed they clearly had other plans in mind and used me to teach the surplus classes until they were sure that this consultant would be ready to take up job with them the following year. Also, at this school, I was one of 3 PT NQTs. They were all interviewed before being appointed and hence when their posts were advertised for permanent posts, the jobs were theirs without any re-advertising, and reason given to me was becasue they were interviewed for their posts, whereas I was not !! I feel completely deceived and cheated. Am I wrong in feeling this? Am I over-reacting or was the schools behaviour legit and acceptable?