Well, it looks as if international recruitment is just starting, and I'm pretty horrified to see how much use is being made of agencies. Am I wrong to be extremely skeptical? When I worked in I.T. extensive use was made of agencies. The only benefits that most of us could see accrued solely to the manager who commissioned them. If the recruitment went wrong he could pass the blame (a highly revered skill, by all who aspire to the highest echelons), and at Christmas there were the free slap-up meals and presents - lots, it you could manage to use several agencies. However, it seldom seemed that the company ended up with a better recruit. On the whole these agencies selected candidates based on buzz-words and a "never mind the quality feel the width" approach. For example, if my CV said "I would rather spend the next 5 years at a corpse feast than program in COBOL" then before too long I would get a call from one of the pimps. I'd be told that their funeral director client was looking for someone with at least 4 years COBOL, so I was ideally suited to the job. So, when it comes to schools are these agencies any better?