At my last school a year 13 student returned in September 2004 as a teacher, he had his own tutor group and full teaching schedule. I believe he initially taught non-GCSE PE but he has recently taught AS students all who failed his module. He did a rugby tackle on a year 7 student and broke his leg so badly that the lad needed a plate (2005) and was unable to attend lessons for months. There was also 'gossip' in the staff room with respect to his relationship with a year 11 student and the strange relationship he had with both student and students mother. In spite of this he was form tutor to this boy. When I left the school they did not advertise my post (part-time) and employed an unqualified teacher who had no experience with young people and he will only begin his training in September as GTP. In addition a technician in science has been taking lessons all year and his style is chalk and talk and total silence from the students. If they boys complain I am told that he makes them put their jackets on (on hot days in the lab) and such forth. We we're all told at parents evening to insist that all teachers were qualified. I think you will find that schools are doing this because it saves money but it devalues teaching and lets students down. What a mess. I believe it will get worse in some schools unless teachers work together and that will not happen. What is the Union doing????