I am now sixty, with over 35 years of teaching maths and sciene in London schools. A couple of years ago, I had a near-fatal accident, from which it took me a year to recover, by which time the job I had had for the last 15 years had gone. I tried to get back into to teaching by joining teaching agencies, indeed, in total twenty six of them, but only got six days in the year April 2010 to May 2011, only four of which paid. A couple of months ago, I took my pension, as I had no income. Last year, I made a net loss, as joining agencies cost over £800. I have applied for well over 600 jobs n the last year, but not even a reply. I mail-shotted all the schools within a thirty mile radius three times but no replies. I keep in regular touch with a dozen of the agencies but they always say that there is no work for maths or science teachers. Is it time to give up? I did not think that I would miss teaching, but I do!