I HAVE two vacancies (and have had for two years now) in the maths department. Last year six supply teachers "passed through" these posts. This year they are covered by two good supplies, but I still have two posts for September.
Since September 2000 I have had one maternity leave and one vacancy in the English department. To date, four supply teachers have covered one of these posts and by July a further two will have covered the other.
The key stage 3 taining threatens further damage by replacing what stability we have with a "supply army" - assuming they can be found, of course.
This initiative is important but to train for it now verges on irresponsibility. Literacy and numeracy will be better served in schools by keeping the maths and English staff we have in front of their classes for the time being.
Carshalton high school for girls