Indusant Thanks for your encouragement. I'm not sure what is going to happen in the future for memregards my work since I am 55 and I don't know even if I will be able to find anything. One solution is to work just three days per week and be picky about what I take on and where I go in connection with schools. Already, I won't go to the very worst schools in the area. Lanokia Try to find good schools to work at and contact them directly instead of using agencies if you can. Hone up on your beha iour management; even in the very best schools, there are instances of extreme behaviour coupled with large classes. Try to go to schools where the school supports you in terms of behaviour and the quality of the work set. Supply can be very rewarding when all the systems in a school are in place, but it can also be very difficult mainlynsince you are working with the unknown in terms of not knowing the lesson in advance, then background of students, or where things are kept. A lot of the time, younare depending on people to help like leaving seating plans, where the booksnare kept, even something simple like having lined paper in the room. All this of course is off set by not having marking to do, no planning, and if you can't face Macy one more time, then you can decide to pass a booking up.