The precarious position of supply teachers has been raised by members at recent events and in recent correspondence, so in response a short webinar has been recorded alongside some FAQs and a PP presentation.
I have also received some emails from supply teachers about the Deputy First Minister announcement of additional money being available for the employment of NQTs, on at least a one year contract.
I have spoken directly to the Deputy First Minister and made the point that as far as the EIS is concerned, it wasn't only NQTs but also supply teachers seeking work, who needed the additional funding to be made available for new posts.
We will certainly be approaching discussions with local authorities on that basis.
We also need to seek a longer-term solution to the manner in which supply lists are maintained by some Councils, as they effectively amount to zero-hour contracts – which is unacceptable.
This will be a campaign priority for the Institute going forward.
In the meantime, I hope you find the webinar useful.