Supply teachers are getting pay and development opportunities, says Class People
Class People has responded with surprise to the NASUWT survey that suggests supply teachers are missing out on pay and development opportunities.
The survey, which suggests that 58% of supply teachers were not getting enough work, is at odds with Class People figures.
Lynis Bassett, CEO of Class People, explained, “We are in the midst of a teacher recruitment crisis and therefore schools are having to rely more heavily on agency cover for support, which has led to us struggling to fill our placements due to teachers’ lack of availability. If supply teachers are not getting enough work, they may need to look to their agency rather than the industry for reasons why. Many agencies, including ourselves, will offer guaranteed pay to ensure work for high quality teachers. In terms of questions over pay, we believe that linking to performance rather than experience is a way to make the teaching career an attractive prospect once again.”
Class People says the survey also suggested that two thirds of supply teachers had not had access to training and development opportunities.
Bassett added, “Coming from a teaching background myself, I have always ensured that access to subsidised CPD (continued professional development) is part of the Class People offering. I believe that CPD should be mandatory for all supply teachers with a minimum recommended uptake of twelve hours per year. We have always tried to ensure that dates for courses are at the beginning of the academic year, when work is quieter, to ensure minimal disruption to work for our teachers. We also offer a bespoke service to make sure that teachers are given access to suitable placements and encourage all of our schools to provide supply information packs to new teachers.”
Class People states that it does not accept that the problem is with the supply industry as a whole but lies with agencies that do not take responsibility. The agency says it has expressed concern that these reports may fuel the recruitment crisis by putting teachers off choosing a more flexible career option.