10 reasons why supply teaching is getting worse

Research by the NASUWT teaching union has revealed how working conditions for supply teachers in schools have worsened since last year, with less access to the staffroom, food and drink facilities and even toilets. Tes reports.

The survey, of 830 supply teachers across the country, also found that the number of supply teachers reporting they are “always made to feel welcome” in a school has fallen from 61 per cent in 2018 to 37 per cent this year.

Almost half are not given information on pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and/or behavioural problems, while almost a third are not given clear information of behaviour management policies, including who to contact if there is a problem.

NASUWT acting general secretary Chris Keates said there was concern over the health and safety of supply teachers. 

She said: “Failure by schools to provide supply teachers with vital health and safety information is a serious dereliction of their responsibilities.

“It is also disturbing that supply teachers report not being given essential information about the learning needs of the pupils in the classes they are covering, leaving both the teacher and the pupils vulnerable.”

Read the findings of the survey 10 reasons why supply teaching is getting worse 

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  1. Richard

    Classic example today. Maths cover teacher, given topics of the classes’ previous lessons. No material to help them, no handouts etc. Essentially left to his own devices.

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