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Is there a supply crisis?

Discussion in 'Scotland - education news' started by AckyWacky, Oct 30, 2016.

  1. AckyWacky

    AckyWacky New commenter

    I wondered if there are problems recruiting supply teachers across Scotland or is the problem confined to outside the central belt? A new PT in my school said that her last LA did not appear to have as many problems attracting supply teachers as my current LA does.

    In my LA some schools are described as taking emergency action. We cannot get a subject specialist for love nor money and there is no consistency of staff between lessons in many subjects. PTs lose their management time and DHTs are regularly taken for cover. Trips and non-essential absence are severely curtailed and the problem just seems to get worse.

    Everything seems to be pushed down the way and I wonder if there is any commitment from LA and government to address the situation.

    Yes, I have raised it with school management and union but...
  2. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    There is a shortage of teachers here which means we have supply teaching longer term and no "extra" available to cover illness. It's a nightmare.
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  3. catmother

    catmother Star commenter

    Uphere (Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire),it's not just supply teachers but candidates for permanent posts too.

    It used to be that newly retired teachers worked supply in their local school for a few years after they had retired but I think that a lot of people are now so fed up that they vow to never go anywhere a school ever again.
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2016
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  4. AckyWacky

    AckyWacky New commenter

    I think you are right about retired teachers, Catmother.

    Are either of you willing to say what measures your school or LA take to deal with the situation? Last year we called some special assemblies because there were times we could not provide any cover at all. This has not happened this year but we have not reached flu season yet.

    Do either of you know what is being done higher up in your regions, if anything, to alleviate the pressure on the system. It is eerily silent around here.
  5. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    We have sometimes sent senior classes home to study or merged juniors in the hall with SMT supervising. I think this year might be exceptionally bad because we already seem stretched and, as you say, flu season hasn't hit yet.
  6. catmother

    catmother Star commenter


    We have not been that bad yet.
  7. catmother

    catmother Star commenter

    I think they've spent a lot of money recruiting and readvertising jobs time and time again but they cannot magic up GTC(S) registered candidates out of thin air if they don't exist.
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  8. It would be of great assistance if some local authorities stopped bumping folk off lists for not working there in the past 6 months. Juggling supply registrations is one hassle I could honestly do without.
  9. halfajack

    halfajack Occasional commenter

    Meanwhile, we have ITE lecturers encouraging students to go for the Masters level option (rather than standard PGDE) because they think that's the way the profession is going and you'll eventually need a Masters to teach. The paymasters must surely soon realise they need to restore salaries to pre-2008 spending power, as well as being seen to act on all the workload stuff that's grabbed a few press stories over the years. I wouldn't recommend teaching to any family or friends anymore, sadly.
  10. bigjimmy2

    bigjimmy2 Established commenter

    A couple of years ago we were down a teacher in my subject because of retirement. We could not get another teacher at all. A depute is qualified in that subject. This, ahem, person did not step in and take classes. I am convinced that she must have had more important things to do other than, you know, teach.
    I know not why the depute was not asked or instructed to take those classes. A f uckin' shambles that went on for months.

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