Chances are, no matter how compliant and brilliant a teacher you are now, you probably won't last in teacher over 50 simply because of your age. Remember you are only seeing the outside, remember that quote from To Kill a Mocking Bird? Until you walk in someone else's shoes, then you can judge? Whenever I am at the chilled foods section at Tesco, I get talking to someone and low and behold it's an oldie from a local school that has been gotten rid off. Yes they are bitter and angry because it isn't fair, but this is happening in Inner City schools and it's difficult to have to work out how to survive until retirement when you're ousted in your early to mid 40s and can only get to do bitty supply work. When I was younger and I'm talking from my TWENTIES I was ALWAYS listening to OLDER staff moan and learning what was going on in order to prepare for being older. What I have learnt, through my intensive research, I have read so many books on working until retirement, is that the MAJORITY of women working over 50 are self employed. In order to be employed over 50, we HAVE TO keep on learning new skills. I have done more CPD since I have been out of school, then when I was in it! Race, gender, disability, age affects employment prospects: FACT. The younger you are, the easier it is to get work. After a good long moan a lot of older teachers pull their socks up and get to it. It's tough, but we have to survive.