"Exam fears over lack of supply staff"

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on January 28, 2013 at 6:15 PM

By Ewan Fergus,


Similar article in the Evening Times too


"Hugh Donnelly, Glasgow Local Association Secretary for the EIS, Scotland's largest teaching union, said: "Our members, including heads and deputes, are making significant efforts to cope with the shortage of supply cover.


Significant time and effort is being spent on trying to secure supply teachers and rearranging timetables in order that pupils are provided with some cover.

There is little doubt there is a link between short-term supply problems and pay and conditions, and the impact of the reduced rates for short-term supply teaching.


The union says teachers are making significant efforts to cope with the situation but says teachers and managers are struggling to meet the needs of young people in Glasgow's schools.

In a statement, the union pointed to an example of a class having been taught by 29 teachers this session because of a subject shortage and says another school was three biology teachers short at one point.

One of the main concerns is the plight of those pupils who will be sitting their Standard Grades and Highers in a few months against a background of significant curricular change. This is putting significant pressure on schools."


"A Scottish Government spokesman said: "The employment of teachers, including supply teachers, is a matter for the local authorities.


The Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers is currently monitoring supply issues and we will play our part in those discussions.


The numbers of teachers trained each year includes an allowance to ensure there is a pool of supply teachers from which schools can draw as necessary."

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12:52 PM on February 11, 2013 
and a school in the city had to assmble classes in the hall and split them up to go to different places across the school this month, because of a lack of supply teachers. Dire. Meanwhile I am turning down the occasional one day offers that come in by text until I receive Full Pay.