This message has been building up inside for quite some time now and its come to the point where I just have to get a few things off my chest, apologies if it offends some people. Having completed a PGCE in secondary PE in 2009 gaining masters credits, got a decent degree in Sport Science, taught as a PE teacher in a private school for a year prior to starting my PGCE, attained a number of coaching qualifications as well as representing my country in 2 different sports I'm finding it virtually impossible to get a job. I have applied for 25 jobs and had 2 interviews (1st one 130 applied, 2nd one 180 applied), both interviews I got to final 3 but 1st one went to a teacher from the feeder school and the other went to an x pupil. I'm not saying thats why they got the job instead of me but every PE teacher/HOD I've spoken to has said 'its who you know not what you know' these days. Also when researching schools in London and looking at staff lists I can't believe how many of the PE teachers are from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. One school I looked at had 11 in the PE dept and 9 of them where either an Aussie, Kiwi or Springbok. Now this might sound like sour grapes but I cant help but wonder why this is the case. I know London is a multi-cultural City blah blah blah but this is the case in so many schools throughout the city (especially prep schools). They outwiegh British teachers, why? Also, another point to make is the lack of consideration some schools have with regards to applicants applying for jobs. In the last 2 weeks I've applied for 4 jobs and when I have phoned up after the closing date to ask if I'm on the list of interviewees 3 of the schools have said they've withdrawn the position for whatever reasons. Also, asking for feedback as to why I didnt get an interview is impossible. I'm struggling to keep the faith and carry on applying because I'm just not getting the break I think I deserve. I know I'm a very good teacher, with bundles of knowledge, energy and enthusiasm with so many credentials to my name but its just not enough these days.