This week around half the lessons in my department have been cover or supply, similar story in the departments on either side of us. We are looking at a huge time table rewrite to protect year 11 and try to guarantee them teachers. We have discussed merging classes in the sports hall. The possibility of sending year 8 was raised t one point. Supply teachers can basically name their price! But basically fall into two camps. 1) show no evidence that they have ever visited a school or met a child before 2) cope absolutely fine, but refuse point blank to commit to more than two or three days at a stretch. I know other local schools are in similar difficulties, but how wide spread is this?