Apologies in advance for the slightly rant-y nature of this post! I am a NQT who has taken up supply work due to lack of suitable jobs (German teachers aren't exactly the most in demand!). I had a placement at a school in South London from January that seemed to be going well, I had very positive feedback from my NQT mentor and co-ordinator. The MFL department had an Ofsted review (not inspection) in the penultimate week of term (my 5th week of teaching). When I tracked down the Ofsted inspectors - they were not readily offering up feedback - I was informed that, had this been a real inspection, I would have received unsatisfactory. That was Friday afternoon. I was informed on the Monday that the school would be getting rid of me and the end of the week (and they were able to as I was technically supply). Initially, I was supposed to be there til at least the end of the academic year, it ended up being 6 weeks in total (not even a term of NQT induction). Obviously I was pretty miffed and sought union advice but had no chance being 'supply'. My question to you experienced teachers: Is this thing fairly typical? Will there be more of this kind of treatment of staff (Ofsted results before staff morale - it really angered the other teachers)? Obviously I didn't cut the mustard, but I think given some support from the HoD and some time, I could have improved slightly! On the other hand, maybe I could seek out a less challenging career than teaching!