A lack of interest has forced a Birmingham recruitment firm to scrap its drive to get teachers from Australia to work in city schools.
NOW Education, based in Broad Street, launched the initiative two years ago in a bid to exploit a market for temporary teaching staff.
It intended to recruit teachers from its sister office in Sydney.
Backpackers from Australia and New Zealand already make up about 20 per cent of school staff in inner London schools, typically working for a two-year period. But the drive to tempt them to come to Birmingham has proved unsuccessful.
"There hasn't been any success at all," said a member of staff at NOW Education. "The office in Sydney doesn't do education work now.
"We went over there to do some recruiting but people were only interested if there was a definite job for them to come to."
About 25,000 supply teachers work in English schools on any given day - roughly 15 per cent of the entire teaching workforce.
The use of young, backpacking people from across the world to plug staffing gaps has been controversial. The National Union of Teachers attacked the Government for not doing more to attract bright graduates into the profession.
Speaking at the launch of the Australian recruitment drive, Brian Carter, regional secretary of the NUT's regional branch, said: "It would be better if they (the Government) targeted the issue of graduate employment to get more teachers."