How many of the readers on these forums have written to their MPs or to the Department for Education? How many have read the various regulations and guidelines on the subject of cover? How often have you seen such comments that indicate that teachers and support staff are not inter-changeable or that support staff are not substitutes for teachers or that support staff cannot replace teachers? Let's make a comparison with professional football which so many will understand. If a top player gets injured in a match or is feeling tired or is just off form he gets substituted. But if he cannot play for several weeks is he substituted by another player or replaced by another player (often by someone who is normally a reserve team player) If the player is a goalkeeper is he substituted/replaced by another goalkeeper or an outfield player? If a teacher is off ill is h/she substituted for by or replaced by another teacher? More often than not it would not be another teacher stepping in but a member of the support staff. When a class in a Primary school cannot be taught by their assigned class teacher because said teacher has PPA time (and this is not teacher absence) who takes over? All too often it is not another teacher but will be a Teaching Assistant of whatever grade. So my question is; are qualified teachers being replaced by staff with no teaching qualifications which politicians and senior civil servants say should not happen?