At our school it was announced today that at the end of this year, 15 full time permanent staff are to be made redundant and there will be even more next year due to serious ongoing budget cuts. I am in a total state of shock, as everyone in our school is. The atmosphere has become horrible and no one knows the future of their jobs anymore. It is so depressing to think we all went into a job, spent money and time training and putting up with all the stress that goes with it, for something that has no security anymore. Teaching was once a recession proof job, now it is the career hit hardest by the current recession and is likely to suffer yet more. A thoroughly unpleasant situation. I despair about the future of education in this country.