This is one of the issues forcing some schools into implementing a four-day week.
One of the advantages of supply teaching used to be that it could lea to a permanent job. This no longer happens because supply teachers and schools tie themselves into contracts with agencies involving finders' fees if any work leads to formal employment by the school. This is a cost schools can well do without.
But the saddest thing of all is that money is being creamed off teaching budgets to go to business. It's our children who lose out.
When is the Department for Education and Employment going to address this problem?
Jean Webster 25 Lemon Hill Mylor Bridge Falmouth, Cornwall.