Failing system

26th December 1997 at 00:00
I refer to the report (TESS, December 5), "Trained teachers unable to find jobs". Eighteen months ago my husband graduated with a bachelor of education degree. In the time since, his longest stretch in one school has been about 12 weeks and from what I can see the system has got worse.

He is rarely phoned by any of the new authorities - he phones them. In the last few months, as an example, he has phoned Glasgow City and South Lanarkshire on several occasions. He is always told that there is nothing available but they will keep him in mind.

In the meantime my mother took early retirement at Easter. She has, on occasion, had to leave the phone unanswered because she did not want to work!

Perhaps it is time for each authority to look at its supply policy. To distinguish between those who want long and short-term work should not be as difficult as they seem to be making it. And when there is only short-term work left, it should not be so difficult to find four or five days' work for one individual in a week, as against the usual one or two offered.

Perhaps working in a supply office is more difficult than it seems. There appear to be a large number of people in each office, it being difficult to find and talk to the same person twice. I will be delighted if someone explained the complexities involved.

I prefer my name be withheld as I would not like to put any potential future work my husband might be offered in doubt.

Glasgow teacher

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