A hopeless search for staff

2nd March 2001 at 00:00
As head of a junior school, I am at a loss as to how to cope with staffing problems.

I leave at Easter. My deputy will be acting head till September. We have made exhaustive efforts through official channels to find someone to cover her class for the summer. Both applicants told us before the shortlisting that they had jobs. This keeps happening - desperate heads are snatching candidates from under our noses. Who canblame them?

Last week I told parents of a Year 6 class to keep their children at home on Friday, after a week in which we could not get cover for a teacher who was ill. I fear it will not be the last time.

I am about to phone every head in the authority in the search for a teacher for the summer. I hold out little hope.

Mrs JM Short Loddon junior school, Hillside Road, Earley, Reading, Berkshire

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