You will be laughed out since the legislation states that support staff can indeed be used for middle or long term as it is at the HTs discretion and also can be used to do acts of specified work. It says so in the 2002 education act. You can thank David Milliband who signed off on it. The guidance may well say something different, but it is only guidance and still at HTs discretion. I would welcome any changes to induction. Frankly it should be abolished. I find it disgraceful that a teacher may have QTS but can fail induction and be barred for life from teaching in the public sector. It is inherently unfair to require all to pass induction when not all schools offer it. Inevitably there will be some who simply cannot find a placement to complete it. Of course new teachers need to continue to demonstrate they meet requirements, but this can be done simply through further training. Why make it so official that inductions has to be completed within a certain time frame and failure results in ending of a career. There are already procedures in place to deal with poorly performing teachers and so new teachers can simply fall under these rules. It is a level of bureaucracy which is simply not needed. The trouble I have with this is you are inherently accepting induction as a given rather than trying to advocate its abolition The other issue with induction is it is simply disgraceful that under the legislation someone with no QTS can work in schools carrying out acts of specified work etc, and yet someone who is by the outset far more qualified can be ruined. It simply makes no sense.