Beyond bitterness

7th March 1997 at 00:00
(Photograph) - Althea Rannie, 54,(left) is a "floating teacher" at the 620-pupil Comberton middle school in Kidderminster, Hereford and Worcester. She has a 40-period week.

Ms Rannie was prompted by the proposed changes to take early retirement at the end of this term instead of during the summer of 1998, as originally planned.

Despite the postponement, she has been forced to leave this month. "Verbal contacts have already been made to give supply cover next term, so I have to go. I would have liked to stay for the summer term to give continuity for my children. I have got beyond the stage of feeling bitter. I just feel very angry."

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