A short tale: About a year ago a teacher did a runner from the school I was head of at the time; the school he went to was one he was expecting to move to the following September, but they asked him to come early because they had a sudden vacancy. So rather than give the required notice (6 months) he disappeared during the Christmas holiday. I was not entirely surprised for a number of reasons: <ol>[*]He did a runner from his previous school in Qatar to move to my school, so he had form.[*]My school at the time was in Nigeria and I accept it’s an awful place to work; I had already informed the owners I wasn't extending my contract. Nigeria is one place I have known lots of people to do runners from and I don’t blame any of them. [*]I knew he had applied to move to the other school as they asked me for a reference; I knew the school and had met the head previously, I also knew it wasn't a great school (nothing wrong with the head, nice guy). </ol>I advised this teacher, when I first heard he was thinking about this particular school, to think carefully before going there. One of the reasons I knew the school was 2nd / 3rd rate was they hired two teachers from a previous school I was head at, who were bottom of the barrel material. The school had (has?) an incredibly high staff turnover (sometimes referred to as the clinic on this forum, so those who read on may realise which school); hence the need to scrape the barrel with the two slackers I knew. Anyhow, now to the interesting bit...the school he ran to is in Egypt! I wouldn't be surprised if the Foreign Office eventually advises Brits without formal links in Egypt to consider leaving. Even if they don't, knowing this guy’s mentality I'm sure he's keen to get out with the current situation. So this poor guy (and his family) may be on the lookout for his fourth school in the space of 26 months (fifth within three years!). The more interesting bit: I'm continuing to recruit for September at my current school and need a teacher with his subject. I have no animosity towards this guy; he's actually a half-decent teacher, even if he does have a few bad habits. I haven't been in touch with him since he did a runner, but have his email. Should I have sympathy for him in his current predicament and get in touch when they get their internet working in Egypt? Or should I give a new science teacher without baggage the chance of working for a decent salary in a decent country? Just thought I'd throw this one out there. It's Saturday evening and I'm sat on my own (my family aren't with me at the moment) watching the news.