Local MP David Crausby has raised concerns over the treatment of supply teachers, following a rise in the use of agencies by Councils.
The Bolton North East MP has signed a motion in Parliament asking the Government to recognise the importance of supply teachers to a successful education system, and ensure that these teachers are not forced onto low wages.
Less than 7% of supply teachers employed through an agency were paid according to the national teachers’ pay rates and they are ineligible for the Teachers’ Pension Scheme.
Schools in England spent over £733 million of public funds on private agency supply teachers in 2013-14, a rise from £600 million the previous year. Figures from Companies House show that agencies are making multi-million pound profits from the arrangements, taking public resources away from schools and teachers.
David Crausby said:
“Unexpected disruptions can affect any workplace, but when it comes to schools it can be invaluable to children’s education that supply teachers are able to step in and make sure the disruption doesn’t impact on them.
“I don’t think that it is right that supply teachers are gradually being pushed into a second tier through the growing use of agencies. Supply teachers deserve fair pay, terms and conditions but it seems that these agencies are draining away the resources that should be used to fund this.”
Mr Crausby has signed Early Day Motion 613 in Parliament, which asks the Government to consider following the example of Northern Ireland who maintain a publicly operated register of supply teachers.
Source – David Crausby MP