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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.



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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)

Some messages from supply teachers
"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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"Lack of supply teachers is an issue across Scotland"

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on September 19, 2013 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (1)

Several councils have told BBC Scotland there has been a drop in the number of supply teachers registered locally.


Scotland's biggest teaching union, the EIS, claimed the situation is at crisis point.


It argued the main reason is a cut to the amount some supply teac...

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"Restoring supply teachers' pay will reassure all"

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on September 5, 2013 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)
Another good letter from Donald Macdonald in Herald.

Supply teachers must work for five consecutive days in order to be paid the same rate as the teacher they are replacing. If they teach a cla...

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Supply teachers, get ready for schools only calling you for 3 days instead of 5 in future.

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on September 3, 2013 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (2)

"The new agreement will see “short-term supply” redefined, meaning teachers will be paid the full rate after three days, rather than the previous five. Teachers receiving the lower rate will also be paid 10 pe...
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"Pay zero-hours workers equally"

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on August 25, 2013 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (1)
A very good letter written by Donald Macdonald in Herald Scotland.

"It is heartening to see that the Scottish Government has suggested that it could bar companies from lucrative public procurement contracts if they have staff e...

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"Supply Crisis- Cosla is the barrier to a resolution"

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on June 15, 2013 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)


"Minister weighs into supply pay row"


"Scotland’s largest teaching union, the EIS, wants supply teachers’ pay, which was reduced for periods of five days or less in 2011, to be restored. But Cosla - which represents Scottish councils - claims the move would be unaffordable.

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Scottish teacher job prospects continue to improve(Only if you are a newly qualified).

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on June 14, 2013 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (0)
So what about all of those who have been waiting for years to find a job? I guess experienced unemployed teachers are more expensive than newly qualified. 

Almost half of newly qualified teachers have found full-time permanent jobs since August, according to research.


The General ...

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"Pupils left in the canteen due to the difficulty in finding supply teachers" Larry Flanagan

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on June 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

By Andrew Denholm


"COUNCILS have been blamed for failing to address the crisis in supply teaching in Scottish schools which, it has been claimed, has left pupils sitting in canteens or assembly halls rather than being taught."

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"Exam fears over lack of supply staff"

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on January 28, 2013 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (1)

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 memb...

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"Glasgow facing supply teacher crisis"

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on January 28, 2013 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

"A LACK of supply teachers in Scotland’s biggest city is affecting attainment and exam preparation, the country’s largest teaching union has warned.


The Educational Institute of Scotland said it had “serious concerns” about the difficulty finding cover for schools in Glasgow ...

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"Scots teachers wanted for United Arab Emirates"

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on January 26, 2013 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (1)


By Andrew Denholm.

"THE United Arab Emirates has launched a drive to attract Scottish teachers to work in newly-established state technical schools. The UAE is seeking maths, science, engineering, information technology and English teachers as part of moves to diversify its economy."

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Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on January 4, 2013 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The "sick" season is nearly upon us. January and February are the months when absences are highest and supply staff are in the greatest demand. It’s a great opportunity to make a stand against the unfair pay rates.

This is what we suggest:

If you are asked to come in on supply, check what rate you will be paid at. We suggest you tell DHTs/HR people that you feel you should be paid at your full rate and that you are only prepared to work on that basis. Many su...

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"Pupils losing out because of supply staff shortages"

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on December 24, 2012 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

"Alan McKenzie, acting general secretary of the SSTA, called for the "derisory" pay rate to be ended and proper salary rates restored.


Very few experienced and recently retired teachers are prepared to accept supply posts on the daily rate currently offered. We are also alarmed that many newly qualified teachers are simply leaving the profession when faced with long periods of second-rate payment."

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The lost generation of teachers in Scotland

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on November 7, 2012 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (5)

A very heartfelt letter from a fellow supply teacher.


Message to all Supply Teachers

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on September 6, 2012 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Thanks for all of your support. We have crossed the £1100 mark and hopefully soon we will be able to meet our target and start the legal process.

It is nearly a year since this unfair sell-out-deal was enforced. During the last 12 months we have heard from lots of supply teachers who have suffered greatly due to these unfair low pay rates. If you are someone who has suffered financially/ emotionally/ physically due to these rates and would like to try for compensation for the loss,...

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Lets fight to end this Postcode lottery

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on September 1, 2012 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

“We have heard that some LA’s have given schools discretion to pay the fair and proper rate to supply teachers. We have a postcode lottery which is shaming Scottish education!

It is time to end this farce and pay all supply teachers at their due rate –from DAY ONE!”


Teachers' pay and conditions under threat.

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on August 10, 2012 at 4:45 AM Comments comments (0)

"The pay of supply teachers, so critical in supporting schools, was cut with some seeing their salaries drop by nearly half, forcing many of them out of the profession and creating widespread shortages of temporary staff in Scottish schools."


Glasgow City Council wins legal battle against union over using non-teachers in nurseries

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on July 20, 2012 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)


"A JUDGE has given Scotland’s largest local authority the go-ahead to appoint non-teachers to head nurseries, after throwing out a union’s legal challenge.

The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) complained that the move by Glasgow City Council was unlawful, but a judge in the Court of Session in Edinburgh has rejected the claim.

The ruling paves the way for the council to push ahead with ...

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