Dear Theo, I gave up teaching in a primary school three years ago and took a teaching assistant post in a secondary school which I quickly regretted. During the last two years I have applied for so many teaching jobs and have only had about 4 interviews which were unsuccessful. At the age of 55 years I wonder if that is the problem as I have heard rumours that teachers over the age of 50 are being pushed out of the classroom. Recently I have been looking at return to teaching courses. They are expensive and will probably mean that I would need to give up my current job to enable me to do the work placements required to pass the course. What makes me a little uneasy about them is that several I have looked at are run by supply agencies which makes me wonder if they are just a money making side line for them. I have seen on the websites that the courses are needed for anyone that has been out of teaching for a year or more. However, that seems a short amount of time to be in need of a refresher. What do you think about these return to teaching courses? If you are in favour of them do you know of one that you could recommend to me? Kind regards, Siobhan.