A couple of days ago, I was contacted by a recruitment agency who had obviously fished my CV out of the pool that floats somewhere in the cloud (I did put my CV there many moons ago). Sheer luck that I saw the email as it had fallen into junk. Agent was looking for a language teacher for a good school in a part of the country where there is, apparently, a desperate lack of us. Would I relocate? And yes, I was prepared to relocate for a contract no less than 6 months preferably permanent. I was not prepared to attend a meeting/ interview for a temporary position. Agent quickly gets back to me with an appointment to meet the deputy head with the assurance that he had told the school about my requirements. So I notify my supply agencies that I wont be available for the day (-£130) and motor south (-£30+) to attend said meeting. The school is lovely but the deputy head is not there (a sudden family tragedy) and I meet the head. Strangely, there are no questions about my qualifications, experience or teaching methods, just an explanation of the dire circumstances the school finds itself in with no one in place for January. I would be payed at agency rates for some 12 weeks after which, should we mutually be happy with the situation, a permanent post may be available. NO support with temporary accommodation. No certainty about the long term. Who would take such a risk? How did that head think I was going to survive on agency rates, having to pay rent for our home and rent for temporary accommodation??? Who would relocate and potentially find themselves stranded without a job and a double rent? Was this just bad planning on the part fo the school or a deliberate move to find an emergency solution for the school while totally disregarding a colleague's welfare? I hope it is the former as I am otherwise starting to despair of the cynicism of our society.