I've been on long term supply at a challenging inner city school since the beginning of September, and the school have invested in me by providing my NQT induction. A few weeks ago I was asked by the head of chemistry to apply for the post that was coming up to cover her maternity leave several times a day every day until I handed it in. The school had 5 applicants for the post, and I was not interviewed at all, and the school appointed both of the 2 teachers that turned up to the interview (another vaccancy had arisen as one of the other teachers had got a job at another school). In total, over the past few weeks the school has appointed a total of 4 new teachers in my department. The HOD had a quiet off the record word with me and told me that because I was on supply school thought it would be a waste of the schools' time interviewing me as they already know I'm very good but that I was being held in reserve in case school failed to recruit through the front door so to speak, and that my application was one of the strongest there and clearly showed how well I fit into the school. I am very frustrated finding myself 'on the shelf' as a supply teacher for so long, and despite doing a fantastic job (I have personally been praised by the head of governors etc) I still haven't been able to secure that long term position. My question is what do I do next? Some of my acquaintances have said that I am being discriminated against, and should have at least been awarded an interview so that I had the opportunity to be considered. Personally, I'm just feeling cast aside - some days I'm not sure I'd want to stay in a school where the leadership team operate in such a frankly odd way.