A student of mine, whose mum works at an international school, told me that she had said that such schools were less inclined to take older teachers because if they hung on to retirement then the school would have to cop for the pension. This is not the first time I've heard this. In regard to UK independent schools, a UK teacher told me exactly the same thing about 6 months ago. What do others think? Is there any truth to this (at least, in western European private schools)? Wouldn't it be ironic for me if the schools who [after seeing my CV] didn't think I had no staying power were afraid I'd stay too long.