Relieving has changed. Last time I relieved for my income was 2007 and 2008, and right from the beginning for term two during both years I was flat out.
But it's different now.
The professional learning is being delivered differently. In 2007 and 2008 ICTPD clusters were in full flight. The Literacy Project was in full flight. The Numeracy Project was still going strong. We still had teacher advisory centres offering quality PLD for science, health and PE, social sciences, technology and the arts.
But that's all gone.
So the relieving teacher can no longer rely on PLD to plug the gaps between sick teachers and the odd bit of CRT.
It's just different.