It was also disappointing to note that Mr Smith's exmples were drawn from the west of Scotland. Had he considered researching his topic beyond Strathclyde he would have found, for example, that in Highland we have always had permanent supply staff in place since 1999. While this has proved to be very helpful for primary schools, it is not the panacea for all ills, particularly those in the secondary sector.
Director of education
Highland Council, Inverness