I managed to get a job outside of teaching in the summer, unfortunately the company has recently folded in the run up to Christmas. Hence I now need to sort something out quickly. I've signed up with a supply agency for day to day work, but the thought of hiring myself out to be bullied by 12 year olds is already filling me with dread and anxiety! Reading the posts on here things dont seem to be improving in this world of book scrutinies, learning walks, hostile observations and support plans! All amidst the general chaos of the lawless modern classroom where adults within the safe perimeter of the school fences are seen as nothing more than rubber toys to be chewed on. In the 12 years I spent teaching I've lost count of the times I've been given a rule to enforce only to watch the so called support crumble when that rule was challenged or even worse management siding with the most vile of students over you in the hope of building that "special relationship" with a key troublemaker. I remember seeing old boys shuffling in on supply seemingly oblivious to being talked over, ignoring chaos and being unphased by phone/coat/food violations. I used to think they were useless and wonder why they made no effort to take charge. Now I know!