I was phoned at 8.30 last night and asked to do supply at the school I begin covering a maternity leave next week. I had asked for no work today. I have to visit and feed my mother who has Alzheimer's and lives an hour away. Reluctantly I said I could do the morning but not the afternoon if they REALLY needed me. Agency went back to the school who said no, they only wanted me and for the whole day. So I gave in and agreed to do it. When I got to the school today I wasn't needed in the class I'm going to cover, nor had the school said it had to be me. I was really cheesed off. There are plenty of other supply teachers who would have been glad of a day's work. I needed a day off work. It's a lovely school, and the class were great, so it was not as if there would have been any problems finding anyone. Why would they do this? The only reason I can think of is that it was easier for the agency and they know I'll usually do last minute jobs.