@devils: Schools often contact me, either directly or through an agency, wanting me to work for them but not in exchange for any pay. As I have said before, I think I will have an apoplectic stroke if one more school offers me the opportunity to 'put something back'. I have been interviewed for two jobs in schools, both of which offered me the job but not the salary advertised to go with it. As for agencies, what could I have done wrongly? I registered with them in the usual way, was accepted onto their books and kept in regular, daily contact with them. I think you might have something with ageism. I know personally half a dozen retired or redundant teachers, in their 50s or early 60s who have similar experiences to me when it comes to finding work, either through applying directly to schools, or through agencies.