There's loads of threads about the market, competition being high, supply teachers unemployable et, but my question is: Why are there still **** teachers teaching? Every Primary School in England has a few. The head knows who they are, and so do the staff and parents. These teachers are constantly bitched about in quiet corners in the staff room, and yet they continue to receive a salary between £30,000 to £40,000! Then there is the 'absent' teacher - the one who is always off ill for different maladies! This is just the run of the mill Primary School - and then they employ a completely useless NQT- generally young and inexperienced and can't control the class. When I first qualified, I got a job in the last week of term as the NQT they had employed didn't pass her course. I left the school for various reasons and went into supply. The last long term role I had was in a school covering a teacher on £50,000 a year who had been at the school for twelve years and never done a full year. She also refused to plan, got stressed really easily and so forth. In addition to this they put a young NQT into a challenging year six class who ate her alive and then spat her out. She went on sick leave and then left. I don't think these heads know what they are doing. Surely they would able to determine what makes a good teacher?