I am on long term supply at a school and have recently taken on a low ability year 8 class who I have 3 times per week. There are about 20 children in this class and there should be 2 TAs because they are VERY demanding and there are behavioural issues as well as them being low ability. Generally the class are lovely but there are a few personality clashes and some students who just wander around and don't do the work as they don't fully understand that they <u>have</u> to do it. Anyway for one reason or another the TAs rarely turn up to lesson meaning I am having to try and control them all on my own. Obviously if the school thinks it necessary to assign 2 TAs to one class then it is evident that the teacher and students really need the support. It is impossible for me to keep my eye on all of them and there are always a few of them up to mischief. I am getting annoyed at having to apologise to other teachers when one of them disrupts another lesson or wanders off out of the classroom - and then having to explain that I should have support and I haven't and as a result I can't keep my eye on them all at once. To complicate it further, each classroom has at least 3 doors connecting to other classrooms/outside/corridors and there is no way of locking any of these doors so you can see they have many escape routes! I am going to raise the issue when I am back in school - I am aware that some of the TAs absences have been due to courses etc but it seems to be becoming too frequent and I am not provided with a 'replacement'. Sorry just wanted to vent!