I was shortlisted for an Assistant Headteacher role last week and this afternoon they observed me teach a 30 minute lesson, the idea being that if I am successful I will progress through to interviews next week. I worked so hard on this lesson, I planned it out so clearly, I knew exactly what I wanted from the lesson and when I actually taught the lesson I felt like I'd nailed it. The initial feedback immediately after the lesson was very positive, they said that I have strong differentiation and that the observer was fascinated watching the lesson because it was something that the class had never done before yet they were almost all successful. She also said that I scaffolded and resourced the lesson really well, which resulted in the students being successful. I asked if there was anything that the observer felt I could have improved in the lesson and she said that she would've had a backup challenge for the lowest 6 students for when they finished their task, all the other groups were fine and no other comments were made about the lesson. I was so sure that I'd be asked to interview, I don't think I could've taught any better than I did and I was really happy with the lesson I had planned and how it had gone. So I was quite shocked to be told that I wouldn't be taken on to the interviews next week. I was only observed an hour and a half ago-- I asked whether or not the observer thought I should improve on anything & she only gave me one small comment, why wouldn't she have given me more if I didn't do a good enough job to be taken forward? I feel really, really rubbish right now.