The National Education Union’s latest survey of supply teachers shows that, despite a teacher shortage and regardless of the Government’s efforts to regulate the supply teacher market, the majority of supply teachers are reporting lower levels of pay compared with previous years. They are also finding it harder than ever before to obtain work.
Supply teachers, agency teaching assistants and others working in the education sector must have proper financial stability, on a genuine like-for-like with their directly-employed counterparts.
We know that supply educators have experienced real difficulties since the pandemic began, particularly during school closures. Those difficulties continue, however, even with schools and colleges open.
Pay and conditions for supply teachers is an emotive issue for our members. New Framework Agreement is welcomed but a return to direct employment of supply teachers is needed.
As the EPI report itself notes, teacher recruitment and retention problems are widespread and severe. The proposals in the EPI report for yet further fragmentation of pay will cause more problems.
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The NEU is committed to helping you ensure safety in the workplace for all staff and students in schools and colleges during this very challenging time.
The Covid crisis has demonstrated even more reasons to change the way that we organise the provision of supply staff in schools.
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