Last year I relocated to the North East to take up a full time temporary 1 year teaching contract in a nice semi-rural secondary school. After successfully completing that year the school decided to offer me a contract. I was excited, I'm 32 to, ready to settle down, commit to working in a "nice" school and earning a decent living to support my family (as the sole bread-winner). The email came, I skipped to the office in anticipation of congratulations and hand shaking.... I got a slightly shaky "We can offer you 0.6-1 FTE..... But definitely no less that 0.7 this school year", I did the maths and thought... It's not quite enough but it's close and I will likely get a full day off to pursue another day of employment to push me into the black. In the back of my mind the "this school year" comment raised an eyebrow but what could I do. Just before the end of term another email arrived, I was offered 0.83 FTE.... Better than expected, however there was a catch, "Your day off will be split across two days." Not ideal but what choice did I have, I could increase my commute time and work in inner city hell or just accept my fate. Here come's the kick in the teeth... The school had another position in my department which was also part time that they could not fill, they decided to convert the role to full time and then employ a supply teacher. Apparently the timetabling was "impossible". Disappointed is not the word. It get's better... You would think that the sensible thing to do (for the school financially, morally etc.) would be to add me on the cover team to make up the three, yes three lessons I need in order to qualify for full time. Apparently this is impossible (despite the fact that virtually every week since the start of term there has been external cover employed on my half days.) Last section of rant, I promise... Last week one of my departmental colleagues was off ill. What did the school do? Bring in a supply teacher who spent my PPA asking me questions and getting me to supervise young adults he had sent out, I could not resent him any more for being employed for the entire week when I was sat out home working out how I was going to afford Christmas. Disgruntled does not quite cover it. Now, I seem to be in school or working just as much as I was when on 1 FTE, getting paid less and being more annoyed than ever. This is my seventh year in teaching and all I can look forward to is retiring at 83.... That's another 51 years of disappointment, I'm not even sure I'm going to make it to next September, I'd rather work from home as an internet customer service advisor, no ofsted, no teenagers, relevent statistics based on facts and never needing to hold in a wee because you students can't be trusted.....!