Is it me? I have been emailing the dept of education on the use of support staff to teach and the lack of jobs for teachers and the need for the Dept of halfwits, sorry Education to do something. I kept getting the head in the sand reply, which we are all use too, so I sent these suggestions. (I did sugest other things, but these are the two basic ideas) 1. That is why we need more clear and enforceable rules, with more established requirements on the minimum qualifications needed to teach lessons. This point is accepted by some Cover Supervisors (CS) as well, when I have suggested this on the forums. Would the Dept of Education work with supply teachers to clarify the rules and make them clearer for everyone to understand. This would maintain standards of support staff and defuse the serious arguments between support staff, and supply teachers, and possibly stop the abuses by the HT's. It would also create more work opportunities for the thousands of unemployed and struggling supply teachers. It could be also be a bench mark for the Free schools on the requirements for the employment of unqualified staff. 2. So would the Dept of Education work with supply and unemployed teachers, and agree to extend the retraining scheme to subjects with the Ebac and focus the effort on the high number of unemployed teachers, because in these times of austerity, you are wasting a vital resource of skilled and highly trained teachers. The reply was a classic, even for the Dept of Education 'I would like to thank you for your comments and I appreciate that this may not be the response that you were hoping for, but I do hope that it explains that the Department has nothing further to add to the replies that you have previously received'. They have not responded to the suggestions at all. . I think that this idea of the Dept of Education consulting with supply teachers on the need to clarify the rules and the need to enforce the rules, would be the way forward, but they just don't want to discuss them. Is this due to the hidden agenda by the Dept of Education, because I remember reading a post, in which the dept applauded a HT who recruited and used support staff to cover lessons as the way forward for all schools.