I phoned the Department for Education and Employment, because I had heard that a unit there was recalling retired teachers. Not so, said a brisk voice, I should apply to my local authority.
I phoned the London borough ofGreenwich. A friendly voice told me that if I faxed my CV to the office, they would forward it to schools with vacancies in my subject. That was on February 19. I could have been in the classroom from February 26. Instead, I read that one comprehensive in the South-east is short of three specialist English teachers.
I know I could register with one of the many teaching agencies, but I would like to receive 100 per cent of the money I earn, not 60 per cent or less. Well, I tried!
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