About 150 teachers attended the third annual NUT Supply Teachers Conference last Saturday to join discussions on how to organise in the sector.
Representatives from across Britain reported back on the different rates of pay and conditions that exist up and down the country.
Supply teachers are increasingly forced to work for private employment agencies and are the first part of the teaching profession to be effectively privatised.
An experienced teacher working for a local authority can expect to paid around £250 a day, on supply that rate is cut to around £125 with no holiday or sickness pay and no access to a pension.
One young newly qualified teacher reported being paid only £25 for a morning’s work.
Teachers called for the abolition of this market in education and for local authorities to establish supply teacher pools where teachers are paid the same as others who work under the Teacher’s Pay and Conditions regulations.
They also called for the national union to clarify its guidelines for supply teachers and to publicise those supply agencies that are evading paying tax and ripping teachers off.
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