Now first things's first. I have a relatively bad criminal record. Well perhaps not "bad", but it is lengthy. I wanted to turn my life around and do something positive so I looked into teaching. This was a while back and I spoke with several people in the teaching industry before I applied for my PGCE. I was assured that my criminal record wouldn't be a major barrier to me gaining employment, and even the university took me on without any problem. Now I graduated a couple of years back and have not had a single teaching job since. Agencies won't even take me on for cover supervisor work. I have been told that they can't take me on with my record. Is it time for me to give up even looking for work in this sector? Or Is there something I can do to 'redeem' myself and perhaps 'gain trust'' so that I become employable? p.s. nothing on my record bars me from teaching. If it's relevant I can write out what's on my record, I have no problem with that.