I know this is going to sound harsh and callous, but my TA has been off for a month or two sick now and I have had a string of supply TAs in my classroom. NONE of them have known a thing about Key Stage 1 curriculum, how to support a Y2 child, or anything at all about phonics, resulting in them being near pointless in my classroom because with the hours they work I simply dont have the time to sit down and teach them. I had one fairly young supply TA for a few days, whom although she had little knowledge and experience in KS1 was lovely with the children and happy to get stuck in - she was also eager to learn and took on board everything I explained to her in the few minutes we did have together at lunchtime etc. She also was happy to stay for an extra 10 minutes at the end of the day to discuss anything/help clear up etc. I asked the office to rebook her if we needed someone longer, but instead a different lady turned up today. All the others have arrived, said very little to me, shown no interest, and left as soon as the majority of the children had. On Friday one of my children asked her "which 'ee' sound" was in a word and she came to me and told me she had no idea what he was asking her. I dont have the time to teach them phonics/KS1 curriculum from scratch and can't believe there are this many supply TAs with no knowledge or experience whatsoever. The current TA has been booked until the 31st and I dont know if I can bare to have somebody so poor working alongside me as she does not help manage behaviour nor support learning. She is a nice friendly lady though and I feel guilty for wanting to take her work away from her. Am I able to ask the office to ring the agency and withdraw her, requesting she be replaced with someone with some experience? We are awaiting the Ofsted call and I am panicking enough without having a TA with no knowledge/skill at all. Im not wishing to tar all supply TAs with the same stick - Im sure there are fabulous ones out there, I just seem to have had a run of very inexperienced/ineffective people and am a bit fed up with feeling like I have no TA.