Some supply teacher agencies forcing good people out of the profession - claim
THE practices of some supply teacher agencies are forcing good teachers out of the profession, a union has alleged.
NUT Cymru claimed that unequal pay and conditions, among other things, were making it very difficult for some supply teachers to stay in the system.
Neil Foden, NUT Wales executive, said: "At both ends of the career spectrum, quality teachers are being lost to the system. Experienced teachers, with a lot to offer schools, choose to retire as they are not prepared to work under the conditions imposed by supply agencies.
"At the same time, enthusiastic and innovative teachers at the start of their careers may opt to work as teaching assistants if they cannot access work, or fair pay rates, through agencies.
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"Good quality supply cover is essential to the running of a school but being forced to seek work through an agency at low rates of pay and no associated benefits such as pension opportunities is demoralising and is having a serious impact on the retention of quality staff in the system."
Mr Foden called on the Welsh Government to help ensure accessible, open and up-to-date in-house supply lists to be made available to schools.
"This has to be matched with proper funding," he added.