The online Oxford Dictionary defines the word 'profession' in this way... 1 his chosen profession of teaching [/i] The prolonged training I remember and I did get a piece of paper saying that I passed something called a P.G.C.E which, if combined with being M6 on the pay scale, makes you an inconvenienceand unemployable. I do not have the required qualifications for being a cover supervisor at my local school (G.C.S.E.Maths and English) as my two English O-levels, two Maths O-levels and Maths A-level do not seem to count. Perhaps they think that if I have O-levels I talk like Geoffrey Chaucer or can understand Beowulf without a translation I am that old. Personally I don't think teaching can be considered a profession any longer as its qualification is meaningless as the unions and professional bodies have not protected the P.G.C.E. and B. Ed.