Hello I'm an NQT. Today one of my colleagues was off sick, and so a supply was called in for her class. She'd left no plans at all, and so was told to do a stand alone lesson in literacy and just sort of told her what unit they had been working on (this was about half an hour before the children arrived). The other teachers in my year, and the LSAs later said in the staff room about how the supply seemed really uncomfortable and they couldn't understand why because 'surely she should have some stand alone lessons up her sleeve and expect this kind of thing!' - I have to say, I was shocked. Is this usual practice? I've not actually had a day off ill before, but if I was ill, I would certainly leave at least some rough notes telling the supply what I'd like them to do!