Sitting here in quiet contemplation it has suddenly occurred to me that I have no job to go back to. Supply as a way of earning a living is no longer a viable option. I have had an epiphany if you will. I have seen year on year reductions in the daily rate, if you can even find out what that is. The uncertainty of will I even get paid after I have completed a day has become a real concern. No pension or holiday pay offered. Charges for CRB checks and GTC registration. Umbrella companies charging you just to get paid. No National Insurance contributions paid on my behalf. One days work offered every two weeks or a long distance travelled for half a days pay. Sometimes working longer hours than permanent members of staff who have been too "busy" during the day to help you. TA's observing you for the delectation of the Head teacher. Uneducated Cover Supervisors looking down their noses at me. The stress of not knowing each day if I will be working and then the stress of rushing to a school 20 miles away during peak rush hour with a guaranteed "And what time do you call this!" from the school when I get there. Abuse from staff and pupils alike. Being disposable at a moments notice if a situation develops even if you are "in the right" or even if someone takes a dislike to you. With colleges still churning out NQT's with no jobs for them and many unemployed teachers the situation will only become more dire. No longer will I work to enable those employed by the Agency to earn a living while I do not. Suddenly the realisation that I have no job is no longer a frightening one but a relief. Supply may be dead but I will survive.