Supply teachers ‘exploited by unscrupulous employers’ warns teachers union

The Independent is reporting survey results suggesting that supply teachers are being exploited by unscrupulous employers, treated as cheap labour and denied their rightful pay, pensions and working conditions.

The survey, released [Monday] at the NASUWT’s Annual Conference in Birmingham, found that nearly two thirds (65 per cent) of supply teachers say they are not paid at a level that recognises their experience.

Supply teachers working more than 12 weeks in one school should have the same pay and conditions as permanent teachers, under the Agency Workers’ directive.

But more than six in 10 (68 per cent) supply teachers report they have not been made aware of the 12 week rule.

Worryingly, more than one in ten (11 per cent) of supply teachers finding work through agencies have been asked to waive their rights to this provision.

The NASUWT is calling for urgent action to regulate all supply agencies and introduce national standards for the employment of supply teachers. 

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said: “Supply teaching is a tough job, made even harder by the exploitation and poor employment practices supply teachers often face…”

The survey attracted almost 1,000 responses and found that half of supply teachers believe they are used to cover the lessons of the most disruptive pupils…

More at: Supply teachers ‘exploited by unscrupulous employers’ warns teachers union


More on this directly from the NASUWT at: NASUWT calls for an end to the exploitation of supply teachers


Sample caveats again as with all these teaching union surveys, but what do you make of the claims made here?

Anything you would add based on your own experiences?

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove When budgets are shrinking HTs have to balance the books. Rightly or wrongly this is one way of trying to do that.

  2. andylutwyche SchoolsImprove Unintended consequence will be fewer people wanting to train as teachers because they’re going to be exploited at the end of it.

  3. entdiamondsch

    SchoolsImprove Agencies also need to do risk assessments before placing supply staff & take joint responsibility for their safety.

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