I have seen advertised some ‘permanent supply’ adverts, particularly in the north of the UK. It appears that school groups are employing a supply teacher to be paid to scale and provide ongoing supply within the group. ( Having worked in a large primary which was constantly using supply agencies, I am surprised more schools don’t employ their own.) Has anyone had experience in this type of role? What is it like? What happens if no supply is needed on a particular day, i.e. noone is ill or on training? Is it really the same as the role PPA teachers play, plus extra periods available to cover illness etc...? What are the pros and cons?