I covered in a school yesterday where a CS told me that I was the 13th supply teacher to cover this particular teacher since September. I didn't ask why she was off work, it seemed inappropriate, but how could this happen? I was booked to cover Mon, Wed and Fri, all my available days this week, but my consultant has just called and told me the booking was cancelled. I think he was lying. The reason being that, there are several offices for my agency, and the original booking was for a different office to my local one, and the school over an hour away, so I was being paid accordingly. My own consultant has now booked me into one of his regular schools. I suspect that he has done some kind of deal with the other office, because there seemed to be no prospect of the original booking being cancelled when I was in the school, in order to get me working at a school in his patch. This whole situation has left me feeling very cynical about supply teaching and supply agencies in particular. I had already planned work for the original school - which won't be wasted, I'm sure I'll use it one day - but it's the pupils I really feel for. One of the classes I covered for, a year 10 class, had no exercise books, no folders, no record of the work that they had done since September, and the HoD told me that even though the class was able, they would not be entered for the full GCSE as they hadn't done the work. Who's fault is that? It seemed a whole timetable of pupils had been given up on. And now I feel I have also let the pupils down because my local consultant has switched me to his local patch. Am I being naive? Am I reading the situation wrong? Or are the pupils really being let down as badly as I think they are by everybody?