Can anyone answer this question for me? I'm presently on long (ish) term supply covering a full time teacher who is off due to sickness. I've done loads of supply in this school and know all the staff well, so I've spoken to this teacher a couple of times over the phone to chat about his classes, checking what he wants me to do next, etc. He's presently recovering from quite a serious op and is certainly not fit for work, but is quite happy to talk to me about work, and actually requested that I be the one who did his cover as he knew that I would be competent and that he would feel happy to leave his groups in my care. I've covered for the last month. Anyway.....now that Y11 have just gone on study leave yesterday the school cover secretary suddenly mentioned to me that we'll just have to see how things go, she's not sure if they are going to need me anymore. They'll see me Monday and she'll check with the Head about whether they are going to need me or if they'll just use cover supervisors now that I've lost all the Y11 lessons, which admittedly gives me about 2 free periods more every day. I know this teacher will be off until end of July and this has come as a nasty shock as they'd asked me originally if I could cover for him until his return. Anyway, my question is, is this legal? I thought you could only use unqualified CS for short term absence and supposedly, if you could not get a qualified teacher. Surely the school are not allowed to dispense of my services covering long term sickness and use unqualified staff instead because it will be cheaper?