I have been teaching all my life, it seems, and was made redundant last summer. I decided to take my pension early; it's not brilliant since I mostly worked part-time. I have supplemented it with fairly regular supply work at a local secondary school, an arrangement which suits me fine. However, I have been tempted to apply for the odd maternity leave or part-time position, but I fear my age and price tag, UPS1, may count against me. I would really appreciate an honest answer before I start to waste time and ink: am I washed up at 56?