Speaking about the petitions committee report launched today, David Evans, Wales Secretary of the National Education Union Cymru, said:

“This report from the Petitions Committee of the Senedd today is welcome. The recommendations clearly show there is a need for the next Welsh Government to look carefully at the way we employ supply teachers here in Wales and look again at the model for how we employ supply teachers.

“We also believe that a public sector solution would have a "significant advantage", as it would vastly improve the current model for supply teachers, and educators. We know there is a better model for supply teachers working in Northern Ireland, who do not have to deal with supply agencies.

"During the pandemic, our supply members have been extremely disappointed by the behaviour of some of the supply agencies, who have refused to Furlough supply staff. This has left many supply members at a serious disadvantage over the last year. We look forward to working with the next Welsh Government to make sure these recommendations are implemented.”


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The National Education Union is an amalgamation of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and National Union of Teachers (NUT), formed on 1 September 2017. Please see the below contact details for assistance:

Contact: David Evans – Wales Secretary - National Education Union, Tŷ Sinnott, 18 Neptune Court, Vanguard Way, Cardiff CF24 5PJ.  Mob: 07815 071164.

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