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"Supplies and support have left the building"

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on October 28, 2017 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)
"Support staff and supply teachers as endangered species; music, reading clubs and study groups withering on the vine; teachers and parents reaching into their own pockets for resources as prosaic as glue sticks and as essential as textbooks – teachers are decrying life in Scottish schools as they contend with budget cuts."

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"Scottish Schools turn blind eye to rise in racism"

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on October 7, 2017 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)
“We are finding there is serious underreporting in schools [of racist incidents]. Schools don’t want to be tainted as racist and seem to be willing to sweep it under the rug as opposed to having an open and honest conversation with young people about it.”

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"Scottish Borders Council bids to lure former teachers back to school" As long as you are willing to spend £400.

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on September 12, 2017 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

"For the price of £400 to the already struggling teachers. The 10-week course is open to all qualified primary and secondary teachers who have been away from the profession for a number of years, or are new to the Scottish education system and who wish to return to the profession either full-time, part-time or as a supply teacher."

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"New teacher drop-outs fuelled by workload and low pay"

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on May 9, 2017 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

"GRUELLING workloads, high levels of stress and low pay are among the factors threatening to impede trainee teachers from embarking on a career in the classroom, official research has revealed. It comes as staff from headteachers to trainees have lifted the lid on the extraordinary challenges facing every tier of the profession."



"The majority of responses mentioned a lack of supply teachers, with the job being seen as a ̶...
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"Teachers in pay hike demands"

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on December 17, 2016 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

"As well as calling for a pay rise, the union has proposed a raft of other changes, including removing a cap on short-term supply teachers’ pay and restoring certain maternity entitlements."


http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14972816.Teachers_in_20_per_cent_pay_hike_demands_as_talks_set/

"Shortage of supply teachers blighting Fife classrooms"

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on September 3, 2016 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (16)

 

Sadly the shortage of supply teachers is the norm now in most Scottish councils. It was inevitable based on a series of blows:  The low pay supply deal done by EIS and Cosla, introduction of 32 period week to make teachers work to the last minute, reducing teachers number in schools to save money, SMT spread too thinly to provide backup when required, too much paperwork, no extra resources, funds or time provided but somehow teachers should change the whole curriculum and th...

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"Scotland's supply teacher crisis, getting worse"

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on April 30, 2016 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)

 

"A SHORTAGE of supply teachers in Scottish schools is getting significantly worse, according to a new survey.  A poll of the country's 32 councils found more than two thirds believed the situation had deteriorated in the past year.  The shortfall was most acute in primary schools where 20 councils said they had difficulties, while half had problems in secondary."

by Andrew Denholm

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"Permanent and supply teacher numbers under increasing pressure"

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on July 15, 2015 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

"Last week, Glasgow’s Govan Law Centre released figures showing that, of 12,533 looked-after children, only 6,374 had been assessed for a co-ordinated support plan (CSP).

 

Under 2004 legislation, there is a presumption that Scottish children in care may have additional needs and that those who do should receive a CSP assessment.

 

Exam performance highlights the consequences of failure to carry out this duty. Only 12 per cent of vulnerable s...

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"Lack of supply teachers has become a problem"

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on March 17, 2015 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (1)

"Parents at a Dundee school have been assured that new teachers will soon be in place amid concerns that staff shortages could affect education standards.

 

A number of posts are empty at Blackness Primary and it has also struggled to secure sufficient supply teachers.

 

The shortage is likely to become even more pressing as more children than ever are due to start at the school this summer.

 

The picture at Blackness replicates th...

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"Schools in crisis, over staff shortages"

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on March 17, 2015 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

“Permanent staff [are] in tears as they crumble under the extreme workload of endless extra duties every week, [with] special needs classes merged or individuals decanted to other classes, [and] non-specialists being preferred and employed rather than hire a specialist for a whole absence.

 

He stressed the problem was also one of cover staff being unwilling to accept work for a “Tesco-rate” gross daily wage packet of around £80."


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"Scottish teacher workload a ticking time bomb"

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on November 4, 2014 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

“On a weekly basis, in parts of Scotland, pupils could be sent home through a lack of availability of supply teachers.”

"Councils cannot meet requirements in education"

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on October 29, 2014 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)
"In submissions to work on the draft budget by the Education and Culture Committee, teachers’ union EIS said: “There is a very real risk of failure to meet statutory provisons. On a weekly basis, in parts of Scotland, pupils could be sent home through a lack of availability of supply teachers.”

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"Parents warn schools facing crisis over teacher shortages"

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on October 9, 2014 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)


"Eileen Prior, the organisation's executive director, wants an urgent overhaul of the way teacher numbers are monitored and recruited.

 

She said: "As it stands we are deali...

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"FRESH evidence has emerged of the supply teacher crisis which has hit Scottish schools over the past few years."

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on August 2, 2014 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

"New figures show the number of supply teaching hours in schools fell by 15 per cent between 2010/11 and 2012/13, with a further drop of 16 per cent in the last school year.  The cut in hours is a result of a well-documented shortage of supply teachers caused by a cut in their wages, which has since been partially reversed."


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"Disgraceful exploitation of thousands of temporary staff in the UK"

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on May 7, 2014 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (0)

"The UK’s excellent academic reputation has, unfortunately, been built upon the disgraceful exploitation of thousands of temporary staff, with universities and colleges using the fierce competition for permanent jobs to create a no-rights culture for teachers and researchers.

Employers often hide behind the defence of flexibility in justifying the use of casual contracts, but that flexibility is very much a one-way street. It might be good for employers but it leaves em...

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"Warning of supply teacher crisis in schools"

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on March 22, 2014 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (1)

"Scottish school pupils face the prospect of being sent home because of a “supply crisis” leaving classrooms without anyone to look after them, according to a senior teachers’ representative."

http://www.thecourier.co.uk/news/education/warning-of-supply-teacher-crisis-in-sch...

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Members of EIS backed a new deal on pay and conditions

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on March 5, 2014 at 2:35 AM Comments comments (3)


"Members of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) voted to back the deal by a 9-1 margin."

"A raw deal for supply teachers"

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on February 7, 2014 at 4:25 AM Comments comments (1)


A letter written by a Supply Teacher.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/comment/letters/a-raw-deal-for-supply-teachers.23358733



"A raw deal for supply teachers

Thursday 6 February 2014

IF the purpose of the latest offer on pay for Scottish supply teachers is to entice more of them back into the classroom then disappo...

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"School forced to send pupils home due to shortage of teachers"

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on November 23, 2013 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)



"The difficulties also mean staff across the region are regularly working extra hours and non-specialist supply teachers are taking subjects such as physics and biology.

 

A...

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"Supply teacher shortage impacts on curriculum"

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on November 22, 2013 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (1)




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"I am a supply teacher also. By the time I have paid travel expenses and child care I work for about £30 a day, I work 7 hours a day despite being paid for 5 and travel up to an hour to get to the supply sc...
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