Whilst waiting for (the non-existant today) telephone call for work I watched an interview with the MP Gove on Breakfast TV about his future plans to sack teachers. If I understand this correctly if a teacher fails to raise the achievement of their students every term they are classed as poor teachers and can be given the push. He also said that the teacher is solely responsible for raising achievement thus removing any responsibility from the students or their parents. Since a term can now be as short as six weeks this is a rather hard task and what happens when a student reaches their peak in a particular subject but continues to maintain their standard. Not everyone can improve endlessly in every subject but has a natural limit (I reached my maximum ability in kicking a muddy ball around a muddy field after about 2 weeks). What does this mean for Supply Teachers? If contracted teachers are loosing their jobs on a regular basis will it increase the demand for supply or in a bid to "do it on the cheap" will it lead to more CS/HLTA/TA/instructor positions? If Supply Teachers do fill the gaps will Mr Gove expect them to raise standards with all their new class's within 6 weeks and will there be a constant change around every 12 weeks because of AWR? One thing I'm certain of is that the job of a regular teacher in certain "challenging" schools looks even more unattractive right now.