I have been p/t in FE for five years, and have enjoyed it immensely - having taught in secondary schools for 20 years before that. Last term I was asked to cover for 8 weeks for a colleague in the A level department, who turned out to be an NQT, and who was closely related to two senior members of staff. It appears that the ad for the A level job appeared in late July, with the job starting just a few weeks later, in September. I never saw any ad for this job. A former PGCE student from my department told me that he had applied for the A level job, and had had a "perfunctory" interview, where "it felt like there was no job". The NQT who I covered has now returned, and I feel that there is something going on, as my hours for next term have been reduced by 60%, yet he has been given significant/important college tasks and has been integrated into my faculty. I am 30 years older than this young man, and he has a similar academic background, and similar skills. I know it sounds like sour grapes, but I could have continued my own hours and done the A level hours as well, with a brilliant track record of student academic/personal achievement. Am I just being "paranoid", as my line manager tells me?