This is a bit tongue in cheek as I work 'full time' hours on supply and majority of that is with lovely colleagues who treat you like regular staff and are friendly and positive. This is after a random afternoon with year 6 from hell and it made me ponder of the 'off the cuff' comments that class teachers or other school staff sometimes say, in a misguided attempt to be 'helpful' when you've had the occasional day form hell! From talking to a few other teachers they do seem to be quite common though and while there's the chance that most just don't realise what they're saying, I've had a few who do subtly try to 'put the boot in' to feed their own egos, while appearing 'philosophical!' "They're not NORMALLY like that!" ( you ***** know they are because I've just seen the Head talking to a few of them about something else/with someone else!) Thankfully, no longer hear this one but used to get ( from TA's) "You're not USUALLY like this with Mr x, Mrs Y..." speaking directly to the children in front of you and highlighting the fact that rather than respecting ANY adult teaching or helping them, their behaviour can be 'excused' because you'r e a supply teacher. "They usually get TA'S to cover rather than Teachers" ( special school) and the cherry on the top today; "They're actually better for me!" - yeh well thanks for that one then! What gems have you heard?