I have just posted a reply on a thread reference the number of days supply teachers have worked since the start of term. Seems like the majority have worked the odd day here and there and many have had diddly squat. I recall last year that things improved somewhat after half term, usually back end of November. I really do hope that happens but it seems budgets are far tighter this year than last and I am pessimistic that not even that will happen this year. It seems schools are happily using CS/TAs to do the work of a teacher and the kids...well they are getting a raw deal arent they?? Apart from primary bookings, which appear to be doing well for some, secondary is a dead loss at the moment where I am in the NW. The odd danglings of non-teaching work pops up now and again but they get snapped up straight away. Pickings are very slim, so what is the point of training, working for many years in a permanent post (as I did), giving of your best to both the pastoral/academic life of the school and then when one decides to take the supply route....NOTHING! Will it improve after half term? I am not so sure, but hey it cant get any worse...CAN IT?