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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, please get in touch.

We need people who have suffered from any or all of these:

Lost earnings due to low rates.

Hardship as they can’t carry on with their normal life such as paying bills/ mortgage.

Have had to move/sell their properties/car as they can no longer afford to pay for these.


Send us an email with all the details such as:

How long you have worked as a supply teacher, your pay grade.

How much did you earn before the low pay rates.

How much you earned during the last 12 months.

How this has affected your life style.

Are you married/living with partner/single.

Do you have children.

and anything else you think relevant.

So please let us know as soon as possible if you wish to be considered for a test case or if you know someone who would like to do so, please pass this information to them.



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 plans to have managers, rather than the more expensive qualified teachers, in charge of nursery schools for children aged three to five."


"Gerry Moynihan, QC, for the council, said regulations referred to “schools” in the plural, and not to each school individually. He said teacher input could be provided by teachers working in more than one place."


So am I right in thinking that councils can now employ non teaching staff( child development officers) to teach classes as long as there is one registered teacher in a school/council ?

Unions call for stable job opportunities for teachers

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on June 17, 2012 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

"NEW teachers are increasingly being employed on temporary contracts, sparking warnings over the casualisation of the profession in Scottish schools.

Anthony Finn, chief executive of the GTCS, highlighted the increase in temporary contracts, which has heightened existing fears that councils met Scottish Government targets on teacher employment earlier this year by employing staff on a short-term basis. "Too many talented teachers are struggling to find employment and there appears to be a prevalence of temporary teaching contracts which cannot be good for the stability of the profession, and the consistency of teaching for our young people,"

by Andrew Denholm.


"Only quarter of new teachers in full-time permanent positions in Scotland" by Chris Marshall.



Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on June 5, 2012 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Scottish Supply Teachers are asking all permanent colleagues to support their campaign to restore professional wages for supply staff. All we ask is a £10 donation to help us take legal action. No-one knows how their circumstances will be in the future and it is in the interest of all teachers and pupils that supply pay is restored to proper rates. Please go to http://www.scottishsupplyteachers.com/apps/donations/ and help the Scottish teaching profession make a stand against the derisory treatment by COSLA and the Scottish Government.



Legal Action Fund.

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on June 5, 2012 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The donation page for Legal Action is now live. Please go to http://www.scottishsupplyteachers.com/apps/donations/ and donate as much as you can. If anyone requires further information please contact us at


SNP critics subject to 'police state interrogation', say teachers

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on May 24, 2012 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

"The astonishing claim came from Ann Ballinger, the general secretary of the Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association (SSTA), regarding the introduction of the controversial new curriculum and exam system.

A nationwide audit of schools’ readiness concluded most were making “good progress”, but she said those “brave” staff who dared to say otherwise were forced to endure an aggressive grilling from their bosses."


Also covered in The Herald.


Scottish Law Reporter's Investigation reveals trail of abandoned members

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on May 23, 2012 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)


"Documents relating to a series of EIS backed court actions now disclosed to the media which include terse exchanges between some of Scotland’s top law firms reveal a catalogue of cases where the EIS union have ABANDONED members damages claims, even after supporting some of the cases for years and employing multiple law firms & expert witnesses to prepare for court appearances cancelled at the last minute.

In some of the cases, the abrupt, unexplained termination of the union’s funding & support for its members court litigation, despite promises of ‘relentlessly pursuing employers on behalf of members’ have left some ill teachers facing FINANCIAL RUIN after being left with massive bills for legal fees reaching into HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF POUNDS, fees which were accumulated by EIS instructed law firms who in some instances, appear to made a complete mess of members damages claims, taking years in some of the cases to file any court papers.

Papers from some of the damages claims also appears to implicate current senior figures in the EIS who appear to have become personally involved, leading to situations where the progress of member’s damages claims have been obstructed, ultimately leading to secret decisions taken to axe the union’s support for a string of member’s court actions. There are also hints of evidence within the now disclosed paperwork that some of the law firms involved in representing EIS members and paid for by the union, have concealed and deliberately withheld paperwork relating to court litigation so it could not be handed over to the affected EIS member to carry on themselves.

Speaking to Scottish Law Reporter, a legal insider who looked at the papers disclosed to journalists said : “There appears to be no doubt the EIS deliberately removed correspondence and reports from members case files who were involved in court litigation against their employers. The removal of the material will have had a profound effect on the members and their damages claims, leaving them without proof of EIS instructions & evidence necessary for them to continue their claims alone.”

He continued : “Without doubt, the EIS actions in these cases have led to the members involved being denied access to justice”"

SSTA call for review of supply teacher pay

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on May 12, 2012 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

"Delegates at the annual congress of the Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association (SSTA) backed a motion calling for a review of the current pay arrangements, which they say have led to "Tesco rates" for supply staff."


Also covered in the Scotsman


Growing extent of many councils' dependence on supply teachers.

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on May 4, 2012 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

"Scotland’s local authorities have used 18,320 supply teachers in the past year."

The statistics were uncovered in a Freedom of Information request submitted by Tory local government spokeswoman Margaret Mitchell.

She said yesterday: “Quite simply, these figures show the growing extent of many councils’ dependence on supply teachers, and it puts into a stark light just how weak the SNP’s workforce planning has been in recent years.“Supply teachers are worth their weight in gold in many classrooms, but it is very worrying that we are seeing such an extensive financial burden being placed on the taxpayer, especially at a time when so many young, qualified teachers are finding it impossible to get teaching posts.”


also same story covered here





"Teaching unions clash on supply staff"

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on April 26, 2012 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (0)

"SCOTLAND'S two largest teaching unions have clashed over the issue of a cut in pay for supply staff."

"Larry Flanagan, EIS general secretary, said: "The key issue in relation to short-term supply is to have the matter looked at again.We need evidence of what is happening to revisit this in a constructive way."

by Andrew Denholm


Dear Mr Flanagan, We would also like to see the evidence that the EIS has interest of its members at heart rather than the interest of the Government or COSLA.

Supply Teachers beware- EIS is not changed

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on April 25, 2012 at 12:20 PM Comments comments (0)

If anyone though under the new leadership EIS has changed a bit. Think again. :(

"Instead of supporting a motion at the STUC Congress decrying the treatment of supply teachers @EISUnion attack the motion/movers."


Supply teachers set to sue Scottish Government over pay cut

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on March 24, 2012 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

A very good article by Chris Marshall covering Scottish Supply Teacher's Legal Action, unfair low pay and supply shortage.


Scottish Supply Teachers Seeking Legal Action

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on March 15, 2012 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (5)

We at Scottish Supply Teachers Network have consulted with Solicitors who specialise in Employment cases to find out where we stand and what our options are. We believe that there are a number of possible avenues we can explore as the current pay deal is in no way fair. Although the deal was union backed it is still not legal, moral or fair. By driving supply teachers away from the profession it is damaging families and children's education.

Our Solicitors have advised us that there may be scope to mount a legal challenge, which they would be more than willing to pursue on our behalf.  There are certain legal costs that will have to be met so we will be looking into raising the funds necessary.

If you are a supply teacher or anyone who is disgusted by the treatment of the supply teachers by the Government + COSLA+ EIS. Please join our campaign, drop us an email with your details, or register on our website to be kept up to date on proceedings.




Scottish Supply Teacher "meetup"

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on February 28, 2012 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (1)

Just wanted to bring members attention to the Supply Teacher's meetup thread in the TES forums. This is a very good idea so if you are interested please let SOS1 know by posting. Thanks


New demand to scrap pay cut for teachers

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on February 20, 2012 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

A very good article by Andrew Denholm.


"........ 84% of local authorities did not fill all requests for short-term cover in 2011/12."


 "The biggest drop in the number of supply teachers available was in Aberdeenshire, which lost 275 teachers from the supply list in one year alone."

and Government's response,

"A Government spokesman said one of the reasons supply staff were in shorter supply was because many were finding full-time permanent jobs."

Also covered in here

"Labour’s figures, secured under Freedom of Information legislation, ........ show savings so far to be relatively modest. Twenty of the 32 authorities detailed projected savings in the current year, and these totalled less than £3.24m."


Cosla drew up changes to supply teacher's terms and conditions to save about £60 million. So the savings for 20 out of 32 councils should be close to £30 millions not £3.24m.???

What is the justification for Mr Russell, COSLA and EIS to defend the sell out deal now?



Supply staff raise the stakes on higher pay

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on January 27, 2012 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

"Supply teachers across Scotland are refusing en masse to provide cover for winter illness in a bid to increase the pressure on ministers to reinstate higher pay rates."

Another good article by Julia Horton.



Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on January 22, 2012 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (1)

We at Scottish Supply Teachers have been hearing that there’s a serious outbreak of Low Pay Flu developing. Starting from 30 January, many supply teachers will be affected and deciding that they won’t work short term unless they are paid the same daily rate as their full-time equivalents.

There is of course only one remedy for this ‘flu – "Full Pay from the First Day". Schools/Local Authorities have this remedy ... so ask for it!


Classroom "crisis" as teachers stage boycott of supply work

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on January 13, 2012 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)


"Scottish schools are facing a “crisis” in classroom cover as hard-up teachers boycott supply work over derisory rates of pay, MSPs have been warned. The situation was branded “unfair and unjust” by Labour yesterday, which said the pay system was a throwback to the 1930s and called for it to be overhauled.

In some parts of Scotland, more than 90 per cent of short-term supply requests are not being filled, with Edinburgh facing “serious problems”, MSPs heard."


Hugh Henry also attacked supply teachers’ pay, saying they were being employed “on the cheap”.