I completed my NQT year last year as a years secondment. I was unable to secure a long term teaching contract this year. I have considered doing supply work but I am nagged by the feeling that any one who is doing supply work is generally doing it because they are not very good teachers and hence cant get a permanent teaching position. I know that this sounds bad - I personally dont view supply teachers like this but I know a lot of other people do. I want to be seen as a good teacher rather than having people looking down at me. I know supply work can be a route into getting longer term contracts, but I wonder how often this actually happens. I have been to a number of interviews where there is also a supply teacher at the interview who is currently doing the job being advertised and they often dont get the job. Has anyone had experience of supply work where they actually feel valued as a teacher and where they have been taken on as a permanent teacher in the school they have done supply work for?