I met a fellow Supply Teacher today, (which itself is a rarity these days), and he told me about a recent long term placement he had just left. It was in a newly built academy which was run very much on business principles. The teaching day consisted of five hour long lessons. But for each lesson every teacher had to submit a full "OFSTED" style lesson plan complete with AFL, SEN requirements, evidence of progression etc, etc, you know the score. He estimated that this took at least 30 mins for each plan, although often longer. Every student's work had to be fully marked with detailed comments how to improve for each lesson, lets give that another hour for every lesson for marking. That now gives us over a twelve hour day, five days a week (OK you might be able to knock off three to four hours PPA from this). In addition this academy was very keen on various meetings with at least one every week, also held regular twilight CPD sessions and had INSET days during the school holidays. I think we can see the amount of time expected from its teaching staff is quite excessive. My contact told me that many teachers were struggling with these demands. Since this was an academy it had its own rules on hiring and firing and I was told it was commonplace for regular long term teachers to keep disappearing from the staff room (they were sacked, not buried under the school rose bush as they fell) particularly those who had taken sick leave for stress related reasons. "Still" I was told "Its good news for us Supply Teachers if regular teachers are dropping like flies". I'm not so sure myself, whilst I would be pleased to see more work available I wouldn't like to get it this way and am pretty certain I wouldn't like to work in a place like that. What do others think?