Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Give Supply Teachers Credit Where It's Due: Letters

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Give Supply Teachers Credit Where It's Due: Letters

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I am writing to express my concern over the reputation of hard- working, committed and successful supply teachers in schools across the UK after this line of work hit the headlines last week.

I work with teachers who have opted to take the supply route in search of a better work-life balance. Temporary teachers are often under more pressure to perform and face more of a challenge in the classroom than those in a permanent role.

In September, it was reported that Scotland is experiencing a grave shortage of temporary teachers, with the country's biggest teaching union, the EIS, declaring the situation to have reached a crisis point. The union highlights what an important role supply teachers play and bemoans the lack of incentives for them. I can vouch for how valued supply teachers are by school leaders, who need reliable and knowledgeable cover for teachers who are off sick or in training.

Yet, at the same time, Welsh authorities were criticising schools for overusing supply teachers, with inspectorate Estyn launching a scathing attack on their capabilities. …

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