Attitudes and accusations

26th August 2005 at 01:00
I have every sympathy for Louise Cleveley and other teachers who cannot find a job (TESS, August 12).

I had little choice but to become a supply teacher. This is a tough job, but I regret to have to say that it was made even harder by some schools'

attitudes towards me.

The last straw came when a pupil falsely accused me of threatening him.

Once the allegation was made, however, the school decided it was too much trouble to investigate what had happened when it was only a supply teacher who was involved, so I had to fight the accusation completely unsupported.

Eventually, for reasons both personal and professional, I stopped work.I was considering taking up teaching again, but now I see that this is not a realistic option.

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