Supply teachers ‘quitting over low pay’

The BBC reports that supply teachers are having to take on extra jobs to make ends meet and many are considering quitting the profession, it has been claimed. 

There are about 4,500 supply teachers in Wales, covering for sickness absence and professional development.

Llyr Gruffydd AM, Plaid Cymru’s education spokesman, said he had been approached “by a number of very demoralised supply teachers”. One could only find supply work in Denbighshire through an agency and this left her £115 a day pay reduced to £85.

“Another is considering giving up a job he’s done for 18 years because of the drastic cut in pay and lack of any personal development or pension payments,” he said.

Another supply teacher said after nearly 20 years he feels he will be forced to leave.

“What was wrong with the previous system whereby schools worked with supply staff directly and paid teachers properly without exploiting them? It was very simple and worked for decades.”

The issue has been raised before in recent years but the campaign group Fair Deal for Supply Teachers is now organising a lobby outside the Assembly next Wednesday.

“Welsh supply teachers are fed up with delays, prevarication, inquiries and reports,” said a spokesman.

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