The latest controversy in teaching has been Gove's proposals to make it easier to sack teachers. How noticeable that full time teachers and the unions are up in arms over this but they have made no protests at all in the past about the major problems facing supply teachers and the lack of work for them. Of course the Daily Mail has got in on the act and quoted a teaching force totalling 400,000. So let's look at some other figures such as the number of teachers in service which stands at 448,000 according to the DfE. That is a discrepancy of 48,000 but that can be explained by the DM rounding down. Now to quote the GTC there are 588,000 registered teachers. That gives a difference of 140,000 when comparing GTC and DfE figure or 188,000 compared with the DM. So what is happening to all those teachers who make up these differences; they must be unemployed, ( 49,000 according to the ONS) underemployed (47,000 supply teachers by GTC figures) or an unknown number of misemployed (those forced to take on other roles such as CSs or TAs) So maybe when many teachers are sacked there will be a plentiful supply of other teachers available to take over assuming of course that the HTs who will be doing the sacking will employ other teachers; how many of them will be more inclined to employ support staff instead. In March 2011 Gove issued a remit to the TDA for the training of 34,000 new teachers. Do we really need all these new teachers when there is already a surplus of qualified and registered teachers available?