NUT supply teachers to lobby Parliament – Anger at waste of public money
Supply teachers will be visiting Westminster on today, Tuesday 28 October, to lobby MPs in person about the waste of public money and cuts in pay and conditions in supply teaching.
Schools are paying commercial recruitment agencies millions of pounds a year in order to hire supply teachers. The closure of many Local Authority supply pools has led to a massive increase in the use of agencies, many of whom charge schools up to £1000 per week per teacher.
At the same time, agencies are driving down pay and conditions for supply teachers, who have no access to teachers’ pensions and are employed on precarious short term contracts.
NUT members and supply teacher from throughout the country will be travelling to meet their MP to highlight the money allocated for education which is instead being lost to recruitment agencies and to ask for a fair deal for thousands of supply teachers in the region. The lobby is being held during half term in order to minimise disruption to schools.
The NUT is campaigning for supply teachers to have the right to the same pay, conditions and pensions as other teachers and for steps to be taken to cut out the involvement of supply agencies, saving schools hundreds of thousands.