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I HAVE been interested to read your recent articles and comments about the position of supply teachers within the educational framework.

I am embarking on a research project for Manchester Metropolitan University, which is to investigate the changing role of the supply teacher.

Initially, I shall be looking into the primary sector as there have been significant changes in the curriculum which have de-mandedtimetable restructuring and training which many supply teachers will not have received. I would be interested to hear from anyone who feels they have something to contribute to this debate.You can contact me via my e-mail address:, or at the address below.

Sally Howie

Institute of Education

Manchester Metropolitan University

Crewe Green Road

Crewe, Cheshire

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