Although I have not posted here before, I have read the advice on this thread with interest for some time. I am an experienced Head of Department who has been teaching in a European International school for the last 3/4 years and wish to return to the UK. I sent off a couple of unsuccessful applications before Christmas (wasn't even shortlisted) so took the advice of adding the Postscript suggested earlier in this forum: I am planing to return soon to the UK for personal reasons/ happy to combine with call to interview etc and lo and behold landed a job not long afterwards. I do recommend this approach then, although of course other factors in your application are just as important too. Personally, I managed to find a private school with a forward-looking head who is more than happy to acknowledge my time abroad and career progression as valuable (having been to private school myself too also helped though I'm sure). All this of course I reflected in my letter of application. So, I wish to encourage other returners to the UK that it is far from imposible to land a job from a distance; I was mentally preparing myself for doing supply from September but am very glad to not have to do this now. I think also resisting the temptation to fire off applications to all and everywhere is important; a good, personalised application takes a long time and may well be more beneficial. Happy job-hunting!