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“Join forces and fight this unjust and devastating attack on our pay, working terms and conditions!”
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"GRUELLING workloads, high levels of stress and low pay are among the factors threatening to impede trainee teachers from embarking on a career in the classroom, official research has revealed. It comes as staff from headteachers to trainees have lifted the lid on the extraordinary challenges facing every tier of the profession."
|Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on December 17, 2016 at 7:45 PM||comments (0)|
"As well as calling for a pay rise, the union has proposed a raft of other changes, including removing a cap on short-term supply teachers’ pay and restoring certain maternity entitlements."
|Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on September 3, 2016 at 8:35 AM||comments (16)|
Sadly the shortage of supply teachers is the norm now in most Scottish councils. It was inevitable based on a series of blows: The low pay supply deal done by EIS and Cosla, introduction of 32 period week to make teachers work to the last minute, reducing teachers number in schools to save money, SMT spread too thinly to provide backup when required, too much paperwork, no extra resources, funds or time provided but somehow teachers should change the whole curriculum and they way they teach are some of the reasons behind this shortage.
It is not even December yet when flu season usually starts. Teachers are exhausted, not only doing their job, which is difficult enough but also covering for others. Saving money is the only goal so who cares if our children are getting taught by subject specialists or just supervised day after day for months.
|Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on April 30, 2016 at 3:25 AM||comments (0)|
"A SHORTAGE of supply teachers in Scottish schools is getting significantly worse, according to a new survey. A poll of the country's 32 councils found more than two thirds believed the situation had deteriorated in the past year. The shortfall was most acute in primary schools where 20 councils said they had difficulties, while half had problems in secondary."
by Andrew Denholm
|Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on July 15, 2015 at 2:05 PM||comments (0)|
"Last week, Glasgow’s Govan Law Centre released figures showing that, of 12,533 looked-after children, only 6,374 had been assessed for a co-ordinated support plan (CSP).
Under 2004 legislation, there is a presumption that Scottish children in care may have additional needs and that those who do should receive a CSP assessment.
Exam performance highlights the consequences of failure to carry out this duty. Only 12 per cent of vulnerable school-leavers secured one or more Highers at the end of 2013-14, compared with 59 per cent in the pupil population as a whole."
|Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on March 17, 2015 at 6:15 PM||comments (1)|
"Parents at a Dundee school have been assured that new teachers will soon be in place amid concerns that staff shortages could affect education standards.
A number of posts are empty at Blackness Primary and it has also struggled to secure sufficient supply teachers.
The shortage is likely to become even more pressing as more children than ever are due to start at the school this summer.
The picture at Blackness replicates the situation at schools throughout the city and across Scotland.
A spokesman for the parent council said senior staff were spending more time covering in classrooms than usual, adding: “Concerns have been identified about the reducing pool of teachers available for supply cover. “This has come at a time when 44 priority one children are seeking a place at Blackness in August.”
|Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on March 17, 2015 at 4:20 PM||comments (0)|
“Permanent staff [are] in tears as they crumble under the extreme workload of endless extra duties every week, [with] special needs classes merged or individuals decanted to other classes, [and] non-specialists being preferred and employed rather than hire a specialist for a whole absence.
He stressed the problem was also one of cover staff being unwilling to accept work for a “Tesco-rate” gross daily wage packet of around £80."
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"Eileen Prior, the organisation's executive director, wants an urgent overhaul of the way teacher numbers are monitored and recruited.
She said: "As it stands we are dealing with a situation where local authorities are finding it difficult to recruit teachers and school leaders, both on supply and permanent contracts.
"From our perspective it appears there is something fundamentally dysfunctional in our manpower planning system.
"We continue to be in a situation about which SPTC is concerned, simply because of the impact on the learning of young people in our classrooms, on the effective running of schools and on the efficacy of the local authority service."
The SPTC represents almost 2,000 parent councils and parent teacher associations across the country and the Educational Institute of Scotland, the country's largest teaching union, echoed the warnings.
A spokesman said: "The lack of availability of supply cover is an issue for schools across Scotland, and is particularly acute in some subject areas and in certain areas of the country.
"This lack of supply cover increases workload pressure on teachers when colleagues are ill, and can have a negative impact on the learning experience of pupils."
|Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on August 2, 2014 at 9:20 AM||comments (0)|
"New figures show the number of supply teaching hours in schools fell by 15 per cent between 2010/11 and 2012/13, with a further drop of 16 per cent in the last school year. The cut in hours is a result of a well-documented shortage of supply teachers caused by a cut in their wages, which has since been partially reversed."
|Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on May 7, 2014 at 12:25 PM||comments (0)|
"The UK’s excellent academic reputation has, unfortunately, been built upon the disgraceful exploitation of thousands of temporary staff, with universities and colleges using the fierce competition for permanent jobs to create a no-rights culture for teachers and researchers.
Employers often hide behind the defence of flexibility in justifying the use of casual contracts, but that flexibility is very much a one-way street. It might be good for employers but it leaves employees unable to make financial plans on a year-to-year, or even month-to-month and week-to-week basis.
Students also suffer under a culture of casualisation as they miss out on continuity and often receive reduced access to staff employed on minimal hours."
|Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on March 22, 2014 at 2:30 PM||comments (1)|
"Scottish school pupils face the prospect of being sent home because of a “supply crisis” leaving classrooms without anyone to look after them, according to a senior teachers’ representative."
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|Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on February 7, 2014 at 4:25 AM||comments (1)|
A letter written by a Supply Teacher.
"A raw deal for supply teachers
Thursday 6 February 2014
IF the purpose of the latest offer on pay for Scottish supply teachers is to entice more of them back into the classroom then disappointment may lie ahead ("Pay row teachers to vote on new offer", The Herald, February 4).
The offer is that full pay be awarded after two days of work in any one school or class instead of the existing term of after five days or three days which was part of a deal rejected in the last EIS ballot.
I am on the supply lists in both the primary and secondary sector with a number of local authorities and have found that much of the work on offer involves one or two days. And in terms of the reality of what supply teaching is like in the classroom there is no logic or fairness in being paid less at the beginning of an assignment and more later on. It is hard work getting to grips with each new situation.
Along with many other supply teachers I am experienced and well qualified. We have not taken kindly to a cut in daily pay based on an annual salary of at least £34,200 down to one based on a salary of £17,100 if the additional cut in hours paid per day from seven to five is taken into account.
Supply teachers are expected to be on call, receive no sick pay or travel expenses. And for those paying into the teachers' final salary pension scheme further disadvantage is suffered, as a lower salary rate is taken into account in pension calculations.
|Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on November 23, 2013 at 6:10 AM||comments (0)|
"The difficulties also mean staff across the region are regularly working extra hours and non-specialist supply teachers are taking subjects such as physics and biology.
As a result education chiefs launched an urgent appeal for supply teachers in primary and secondary schools and in Gaelic medium units. They are appealing for teachers to contact them even if they are only available for one day a week or at certain times of the year.
A Highland Council spokeswoman, who said it was a national problem, said: "It is very serious, it is urgent. If we cannot get the necessary health and safety cover to teach them, we have to send pupils home.
"Head teachers are increasingly spending more of their time trying to source supply teachers and failing to secure them. This clearly takes them away from their roles of managing their schools and adds greatly to the pressures which they are under. We would urge anyone interested in becoming or returning to supply teaching to contact the council."
Gavin MacLean, chairman of the Highland Secondary Heads’ Association, said to say there was a shortage of supply teachers in the area was the "the understatement of the year”.
He said: "It’s incredibly difficult getting cover in both primary and secondary schools at the moment and a lot of heads are having to step in and teach classes.
"It means that sometimes staff are having to work over their statutory hours and we are getting non-specialist supply teachers coming in to teach specialist classes. There’s no use having a physics class taught by a teacher who doesn’t know physics.
"As the chairman of the head teacher’s association I can tell you that this is a problem day in, day out for my colleagues."
Mr MacLean puts difficulties down to a combination of reasons."
"He said: "People have retired and literally don’t want to do it anymore. Another factor is that in the national agreement for teachers’ pay and conditions and remuneration for short-term supply teaching is not as good as it once was."
Councillor Christie added that the geography of the Highlands made it difficult for supply teachers to commute.
He said: "If we cannot recruit more supply teachers, the pressure falls upon head teachers and the goodwill of staff to cover and deliver the curriculum. It is not an ideal situation and that is why Highland Council is doing all it can to recruit and target supply teachers."
|Posted by Scottish Supply Teachers on November 22, 2013 at 3:00 PM||comments (1)|