I have been with the same agency for over 6 years now and I have just had some shocking and demoralising news. When wondering why I haven't had any work for them this term, I used to be considered one of their favourites, I was told by this newbie in the office that 14 schools have me on their "Not Preferred" list. I knew of a couple and I realise that not every school is going to like you but 14 came as a total shot out of the blue. Some of these were schools I have been going to over the years and everything seemed ok. Obviously this newbie has said that he can't help to think that I must be a **** teacher, however, he could not give reasons why most of these schools suddenly didn't want me. Apparently, there were a whole slew of schools in 2009 who said this but nothing was ever said to me. So my question is what changed in these schools? Because I don't know. One theory is the changing face of supply teaching. Ten years ago, schools would support and even develop supply teachers. Now it's a "sink or swim" type situation, where the supply teacher can sink at the first thing the school perceives it doesn't like. Something needs to be done but what?