An agency based in Tottenham Court Road got in touch, asking me whether I would be interested in work as an exam invigilator. This pays not much more than minimum wage, and since it is often only for a couple of hours a day, generally it is not worth it, if any travelling costs are incurred. Nevertheless, the school was within cycling distance, so I thought I would give it a try. So much for the good news; now the bad. The school insists on all invigilators having a new CRB check, taken out through them, which will cost £48. On top of that, attendance at a one day invigilators' course is compulsory, cost £55. So, I would be £103 down before I started. Something similar applies when trying to get work as a CA, even through agencies. Even though I have QTS, I would have to enroll for some NVQ 3 thing, the course costing over £300. I don't know whether another CRB would be needed to register for his course, but i would not be surprised. This is just getting daft, and a bl**dy rip-off!