I write as the father of a 35 year old daughter who wants to change career and become a teacher. From what little I know new teachers are wanted, a BBC news story in August 2018 highlighted the issue. Offers of a salary while training would seem to indicate that those wishing to transfer their skills learned in other workplaces to the classroom are in demand. I would have thought that the education establishment and profession would welcome those wishing to join them. As you may guess from the fact I am saying the above my daughter has been rejected for training because “she lacks sufficient knowledge of the National Curriculum”. Perhaps I fail to grasp the idea of training (The Cambridge dictionary defines training as “The process of learning the skills you need to do a particular job or activity.”). Well, knock me down with a feather! Really, someone who has not trained or worked as a teacher doesn't have enough knowledge of the job. In other words my daughter does not have the training to commence training. I am minded to press a certain button found on the TV show The Last Leg. Perhaps I should add some background. My daughter gained a 2.1 degree in Chemistry at Loughborough. Upon leaving university she felt that she was not mature enough to go straight into teaching, a profession my wife and I felt she was born to do. Instead she got a job in order to start earning and paying her way. She has stayed in that job since gaining promotion to supervisor status fairly rapidly. It is only the lack of opportunity that has seen her not progress further. Of course the inevitable happened – marriage and a family. So her aspirations to be a teacher were put on hold until she felt secure enough to make the switch. That time has come. My daughter is the main wage earner in her household. Therefore the option of doing voluntary or low paid work in a school in order to gain the requisite pre-training training is not feasible. It may also add some weight to my belief that she can teach if I mention that her first child, now age 8, was able to read at year two level early in her first year at school (year 0?). The school had to buy in books in order to stretch her reading. I am told that in that first year in some classes she could be found reading to a group of her classmates as if a teacher herself. I am sure my daughter must have had some part to play in my granddaughter's reading ability being so advanced. What does it take therefore to be accepted for training? Does the education establishment actually want new teachers. Or is it a closed profession that does not like to admit outsiders. I suspect the latter, but then I am a cynical, grumpy old pensioner.