Well that's what most permanent teachers seem to believe, according to the enlightening staff briefing I attended this morning. In a relatively small secondary school in South Wales during staff briefing one male teacher raised the question of worsening pupil behaviour. He was worried that when a senior member of staff was called for to help, it might be 10-15 minutes before someone came. As he said, the pupils may have had 3-4 supply teachers and so will be out of control, and they are allowed to get away with anything. General murmur of agreement around the rest of the staff. The DH did say "but we don't blame the supply teachers" (she knew I was sitting right behind her, we'd been introduced earlier), and of course the original teacher, said, "no of course we don't blame the supply teachers".............. but they do! The general consensus seemed to be, supply teachers can't control the classes, and then the permanent staff have to deal with the result of that lack of control. Once I was introduced to the staff room as the only supply teacher for the day, oh we did all have a good chortle. As I was leaving the staff room a TA came up to me and announced she felt it was wrong there were so many supply teachers in her school, there was no continuity for the children, and it was just plain wrong. Not quite sure what she wanted me to answer, "oh then all staff should never take any sickness or CPD leave", or "I know the TAs should take over (the world)". I was intrigued and quite shocked by the entrenched views the staff seemed to hold about supply teachers. I was also astounded by the rudeness of the TA. I felt like I had to defend the whole supply teaching profession. I didn't of course, I just smiled and agreed with her, well I was outnumbered! It has to be said that the large majority of pupils I met today were a pleasure to teach, and it was only the last class of disenchanted Y11 boys that were difficult, and I managed to keep them sitting down, quiet (mostly) and focussed (partly) on the work. Even with the interruption of a fire alarm to contend with. One of the reasons pupils get wound up during supply lessons, is when the work set is useless, as my last lesson of 10 Y11 boys watching a film of John the Baptist illustrated, but I felt incredibly unwelcome today. Do regular teachers not realise that ultimately it is the pupils and the school who are to blame if things go wrong? Has anyone else encountered such deep seated hostility?