Anybody supply teaching, or thinking about supply teaching, in Scotland should join this group. Join discussions on supply pay, working conditions and how to find supply roles.
gailmacvicaryou've also got to pay for your PVg / CRB yourself
Yip - PVG yourself and then £9 or £18 for each subsequent LA.
I believe they misled their members e.g. "Vote Yes and get a better deal for supply teachers".
It's time the new Gen Sec spoke out and admitted the "deal" was a mistake and should be revisited.
Sadly we have to thole this abuse as it is a gateway to proper earnings. I have been lucky in that contacts made on supply have led to year contracts several times now. The unspeakables that foisted this upon us know that JSA is £67 and you can be "seeking" for a long time. If all unions are like the EIS, perhaps Thatcher did not go far enough - hard time is too good for Smith.
This is a form of constructive dismissal, driving the SNP's "training too many" victims out of the profession.
There is a time limit, though - I can only survive this exploitation for so long, I would hate to let the 'gqw5q4's win though and intend hanging on as long as possible.
The rate for contracts of 'more than 5 days' should pay you at the correct increment, and with the same preparation time as colleagues on substantive contracts.
I'm lucky that my subject is in demand and have only had to work 2 days at the cheap rate this year. There's (understandably) a lot about the situation on this website, as well as a facebook page.
If you are lucky enough to get work in the same school for longer than 5 consecutive days, then you will be paid the full wage that you are entitled to according to your experience beyond the initial 5 days.
The issue of supply only being paid for 5 hours has a huge impact on the availability of supply teachers. My council has strongly advised us not to sign up for CPD courses that run during a school day (so we can only attend twilight, evening, and weekend courses), and we have also been urged to come into work despite sickness because they can't find the cover. Our school is constantly shuffling SMT and SfL staff to cover for sick teachers because we can't get supply to come in.
It is a national agreement and should be in place nationally so quite worrying for anyone on short term supply. As you probably know the rate does increase to your payscale grade after the first 5 days, assuming that you are continuing on the same deployment. It could be possible for local authorities to reduce salaries bills by simply moving people on from one short term contract to another or by rotating people within schools to other deployments. Immoral but not unheard of. Educational continuity or rationale doesn't seem to count for much at times. The SNCT has to address the issue urgently as there is already a shortage of supply as it's just not viable for many teachers to work for such poor rates of pay. Budgets are being used as the excuse by many employers for the erosion of teachers conditions. The fact that teachers were consulted and actually agreed the proposal is even more worrying and is an indication of a beleaguered workforce. It may be simpler, less stressful and perhaps more lucrative to find an alternative employer. Sadly lots of potential teachers are doing just that.
I'm in the same boat as so many other Scottish supply teachers - and my phone is not exactly ringing off the hook; no supply at all thus far in 2012. I don't want to leave the profession; it is a vocation and so I will take any supply I can get for the rest of this academic year, but I am applying for work in other countries now as I will have two children at uni to support.
What really depresses me is that I have had to advise my daughter not to bother even applying to do teacher training in Scotland when she finishes her degree this year; she will get no work and no long term career prospects. If she gets a place in England, she will get a bursary as well as tuition fees paid, and will have many more opportunities - oh and even if she does end up doing supply work there, she WILL get paid more than a teaching assistant.
Gobsmacked when this was proposed.
Gobsmackeder when the EIS recommended accepting.
Gobsmackedest when the membership followed lemming-like over the precipice.
Don't they have minds of their own?
Go on. Someone out there tell me this is not what lemmings do!
Anyway, I'm up for a fightback if anyone else is.
Remember their website proclaimed "Vote YES and get a better deal for supply teachers."? Yeah, right!
And why did we never get to hear what was said between Eck Salmond and Kay Barnett behind closed doors? They sold out supply members.
But Chalkybear is right - supply staff should fight back and insist on full pay. Don't work for the derisory rate!
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