A friend of mine on the governing body of a local primary school told me the other day that they'd had over sixty applications for each of two posts advertised recently, one of which was a temporary post to cover maternity leave. The school is in a typical 1960s housing estate in a typical medium-sized town of no particular distinction. So are these numbers of applicants becoming typical ? Most of the applications came from NQTs. Is there a serious "over-production" of trained teachers, and if so, what are the implications ? Incidentally, he said that it was fairly easy to cut the 65 candidates down to a fairly short short-list by eliminating the ones who made spelling and grammatical mistakes in their applications !