Can I just say that if raising such concerns with the GTC or the unions is a fool's errand then asking the TDA to respond to any reasonable request is an equally dissatisfying experience in the current climate. Now that the roles which I have filled in the past are being routinely downgraded and gifted to underqualified and unqualified staff, I have gritted my teeth and endeavoured to acquire more qualifications* at a time when I am either unemployed or underemployed. A course provider in Birmingham mentioned that there may be some funding available next year from the TDA to complete a QTVI course yet the TDA have refused to confirm or deny this. Indeed, I received a belated email from them stating that they could not read the attachment which I had sent which- which is odd as no such attachment exists. I mention this because I was not told about or given any meaningful assistance to secure funding for a Rose Review funded course, thanks in no small part to the widespread belief that those in my position have outlived their usefulness. When I had my QTS recognised on moving back to the UK in January, 1998, I received no induction or instruction on the English system of education. When I took on management responsibilities in 2002 and again in 2005, I was offered no mentoring or induction whatsover. When I moved to another part of the UK I was again denied any 'heads up' with respect to the nuances of their system of education, and the less said the better about the nefarious practices employed to prioritise the placement of native probationers. Can you see a pattern in this? Well, it certainly can be argued, and I believe that it is about time that it was! * including a CPCAB (counselling), BSL 101 (sign language) and a PGCPSE (literacy difficulties) in the past two years.