"Supply teacher shortage impacts on curriculum"

Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on November 22, 2013 at 3:00 PM

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 school."

"I work in……… and have worked one year on supply this is my second I used to work almost anywhere within a 60 mile radius of my home now tho I will only travel as far as 15 miles"

"I live in a very rural area where there is one large secondary school in the town and another 3 smaller ones within 45 miles. I cannot consider going to any of them on a day to day basis as my travelling expenses have such an impact on my daily pay"

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Reply Pamela
9:13 AM on November 23, 2013 
This was on the cards when the wages for supply teachers was slashed to that of a probationer. And this was supported by the EIS. Shocking. This situation needs urgently reviewed. Supply teaching is hard and I found a number of HTs unsupportive if children weren't co-operative. Discipline, or whatever the latest PC word calls it, is the duty of the HT. Is it any wonder supply teachers won't turn out to a day of pure hell in some schools. And there is no sick pay. I lost a great deal of wages from infections and viruses caught from children sent to school sick. A number of schools also disregard the ruling that vomiting should be cleared up for 48 hrs before the child is considered fit to return. Parents maybe did have to go to,work or lose wages but I lost plenty. Also it is cruelty to have children sitting there throwing up into sick bags with the school's approval. I have lost £5 a week for life off my pension because of viruses caught unnecessarily in my final year. Even among teachers there was the misapprehension that supply teachers used to get more money. However that appeared so only because the supply daily rate was the annual salary divided by 200, the number of days in the school terms. A permanent teacher's daily rate was the annual salary divided by 365. Now of course the daily rate is calculated on the salary of a newly qualified probationer. Not good!