Leicester NUT Section of the
National Education Union

Supply Teachers

Supply Teachers’ Contracts Workshop & Lunch

It can be lonely being a Supply Teacher so we have organised a Supply Teachers’ Contracts Workshop & Lunch.

This is a chance to meet up with your Supply Colleagues in the NEU; to discuss experiences, compare agencies and maybe think of ways we can improve our work.

November Workshop

Earlier this month we held a lunch and workshop, focusing on guaranteed work contracts, for supply teachers. Twenty four people attended what was a really informative session. If you have any questions on Agency Worker Regulations and your right to parity pay after 12 weeks, or are on Guaranteed Work Contracts, please contact Samina.

Lunch and Workshop

Rip Off Britain

Supply teachers and teaching assistants might be interested in this edition of Rip Off Britain. Karen was told [by an agency] her first day had been a trial day. Starts on about 4 minutes.

Articles for The Teacher Magazine

We've now got a page dedicated to supply teachers in each issue of The Teacher Magazine, so any supply teacher stories would be greatly appreciated. We would love to hear from you.

Do you have an article you would like included? Diary entries? Success stories? Horror stories? Have you ever been sent to a school for a 'Trial Day' and not been paid for the work done? Have you negotiated better rates of pay? Claimed AWR rights to parity pay?

Supply Teachers and Agency Workers Regulations

Under the Agency Workers Regulations, after an accumulated 12 weeks in the same role with the same school or LA, a supply teacher is entitled to the same pay and conditions of employment as teachers employed by the school or Local Authority.

If a supply teacher is working before and after the summer holidays and is, for example, 6 weeks into a qualifying period for equal treatment, the qualifying period would pause at the end of one term and start again at the beginning of the next, provided that the agency worker returns to the same job with the same hirer.

If you want to discuss AWR or think you've got a claim, get in touch. We are here to help you!

Leicester and Leicestershire Supply Teachers' Network

Supply Teachers' Network

A really informative and successful event was attended by nearly forty supply teachers at the start of half term. Thank you to Shelagh Kavanagh for answering supply teacher questions and updating us on the current issues facing supply teachers across the country! Support from the Leicester NUT Officers and Committee members was also greatly appreciated! Together we can be stronger!

And here's a report from the NUT Supply Teachers Conference and Training Event held on the 23rd and 24th June at Warwick University.

Samina Randall
Leicester NUT Section of the NEU Supply Teachers’ Officer, Samina Randall