I believe the issue of schools using unqualified staff to teach classes in schools is very important and so have copied it to the FE forum. It was started last year with a petition to the government urging them to follow their own public sentiment of 'every child deserves a qualified teacher'. It was subsequently copied onto another thread by a teacher and I am copying it here. FE being the 'Cinderalla/Poor Relation' of the teaching profession which faces the first and deepest cuts of all, those of us in it can see how, if it becomes standard as it seems to be becoming in schools, it will rapidly follow in FE. Some might argue it is already happening in FE. Whatever the 'official' line of government is, there is another line - that of privatising the entire education sector. Schools and colleges are increasingly being run like businesses with an array of business managers who have no background in education and who have been recruited from corporate sectors where profits are more important than quality of teaching and learning. This affects all of us, whether teachers in FE or in schools, whether unemployed, supply, part-time, sessional, fractional or those on full-time contracts. It is our livelihoods at stake and the future of the people we teach. Please sign the petition if you beleive it is wrong to make education into a business and people into a commodity. http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/40106 Posted by: ninasimone 27/10/2012 at 13:29 I urge all supply teachers to sign this e-petition "All those teaching in UK schools deserves to have every moment in the class with a high quality teacher." http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/40106 I also ask you contact you friends, former colleagues and highlight the petition, we need every signature possible. if you are a member of the unions email them as well. If you don't then do not moan about the lack of jobs or the fact that schools and academies are using the unqualified to teach, when you are signing on every fortnight. Apologies HistoryGrump for stealing your post, but thought I would try and do my little bit to keep the E-petition at the forefront of peoples minds. TBH - I feel all the time supply spend posting threads venting our anger at the use of non-qualified staff to 'teach' classes and, in particular, the use of unqualified CS to cover classes is a waste of time. Yes, its a scandal but I cant help feeling that it doesnt make any difference. I mean, who is lsitening anyway?? Its true that many CSs are qualified teachers, but I suspect that many are seemingly forced into this so called role as there is no other way of staying in education. This is because teaching posts are like Halleys Comet - FEW & FAR BETWEEN! Schools and agencies only look at the bottom line on who can screw the teacher for the least amount of pay, the unions are useless and impotent and the govt are clueless. The only way to get this scandal more public airing is to take drastic action. Gather a ground swell of teachers emailing, writing letters to their MPs/unions weekly or maybe getting a group together to lobby the powers at be. I mean I could do with a day day out! This forum has become the home of the voiceless. Teachers are the bottom of the pile when it comes to consultation, hence the current absurd situation supply teachers find themselves in. UNIONS/SCHOOLS/AGENCIES/GOVT - hang your cluless heads in shame for allowing this to happen!!