"The Governors of this successful primary school seek to appoint an excellent and enthusiastic teacher to join our effective and dedicated team. Experience is essential for this post. <u>Applications are welcome from newly qualified</u> and experienced teachers." As an NQT who has completed my first induction term on a maternity cover contract, would that then make me new but experienced? Or as an NQT who did a 4 year teaching degree with school experience in all four years of the degree across Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 as well as one of the placements being a month in France (teaching fully in French to French children and one Yugoslavian child who spoke no French or English) would that not make me at least slightly experienced in comparison to someone who has done a PGCE? I mean I apply to pretty much everything I can unless when I research the school I don't think I would be happy working there. But recently the very few jobs that haven't specifically stated that they want experienced teachers to take on leadership roles have given feedback that my application was fantastic and they love the supporting documents I have sent them "but unfortunately have went with experience as it was what best suited the school's needs." Has anyone else found this at all?