I just think, heron, that as a supply teacher you didn't really teach that class. I'm not saying you were lazy or not doing your job, just that your job could not possibly be the same as that of the class teacher. I must say I think A level English literature cover sounds like heaven - 20 or so motivated 17-18 year olds reading a book, making a few notes, or possibly writing a practice exam essay. I could even join in a nice adult discussion of the book in question if I'd read it. However, I wouldn't presume to think that an English teacher's life was always like that. I do think that, for me with my academic background, teaching A level is easier than teaching 4 year olds to read. But that doesn't mean A level teachers should eb paid less. I'm sure there are plenty of people who feel the opposite. But I reiterate my point (and other people's) - Reception is a very important year. If the Reception teacher doesn't build the foundations, what hope does the A level teacher have?