Yes they do discriminate and in many other employment settings. The highest number of people in receipt of JSA are over 50 and 1/4 of the UK workforce is currently over 50. The DWP have been working really hard to try and encourage more schools to take on the over 50 teachers that are currently unemployed and seeking to return to teaching. There was even a scheme they put in place whereby schools would get £5,000 for taking us on, but the schools weren't interested and we all know how schools NEED extra funding! By 2020 a whopping THIRD OF THE UK WORKING POPULATION will be over 50. The DWP are currently attempting to encourage MORE over 60s TO CONTINUE IN EMPLOYMENT UNTIL 72 and encouraging more older people to retrain! And there are many graduates over 50, who are retraining and doing PGCEs, with FULL knowledge that there are no jobs for them to do. One, aged 59 said to me, he was doing it to support his tutoring business, knowing he will never have to pay it back. I read somewhere that by 2032 more than half the UK population will be over 50. So the young folk better hope we are able to prop up our pensions between now and retirement otherwise you ALL will be forking out for us not only with the State Pensions but with an INCREASE in the number of pensioners receiving PENSIONERS' CREDIT. The teachers with their TPS will also have to pay more tax to pay for the HIGHER NUMBER of pensioners that will need to be in receipt of pensioners credit. And it is predicted to be a large number. Now, the most economically productive age group in society are the 35-50 year olds. If the over 50 could make half as much economically as this group, it would make a massive difference to the UK economy. We are heading for a situation where there will be LARGE number of Over 50s out of work and the brunt of paying for it, in terms of JSA, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Mortgage benefit etc and the number of pensioners in receipt of pensions and pensioners' credit will be met by the younger generation and this just isn't unfair cos you still have your student loans to pay off. Remember, the majority of over 50s now are the brilliant baby boomers. In about 15 years time, they will all be ready to collect their state pensions. So the problems facing over 50 teachers trying to get back into classroom teaching impacts EVERYONE because we are all paying for it in some way.