My LA agency has circulated an email asking supply teachers to consider CS work, if only to prevent a 3 month employment gap occurring (which would require re-registration and yet another CRB). It mentions that behaviour management skills are the main attributes needed as no teaching is required because the CS will be delivering prepared work! It then virtually says that teachers make great cover supervisors as they have already honed their behavious management skills and to please consider taking CS work, even if only on the odd occasion. I reckon that my prediction of a few years ago is coming true, namely that those non-teachers starting out as CSs would soon realise it was not worth the hassle for the pay on offer ... as they could earn as much in a department store and not have to endure as much abuse! When I spoke to my agency yesterday,they had an unfilled booking for today at a decent school, but only as a CS. I refused to take it. I think that now is the time for as many of us supply teachers as possible to play hard-ball and refuse CS bookings. If there are not enough people prepared to do the work for the low pay on offer, schools will either have to double up classes, send pupils home or pay teaching rates. The Unions are not going to stick their necks out for us and neither are contracted teachers. We have to sabotage the system that is restricting our livelihoods ourselves and not accepting CS bookings is the only way we can do it!