I returned to a fixed term teaching post in September following some time as a supply teacher. I was told by paryroll that I was on a scale 4, having left my previous fixed term teaching post 4 weeks from being moved to a scale 5. I was, however, told that if I was able to provide evidence that I had worked for 26 consecutive weeks doing supply teaching, that I would be put on a scale 5 and that this would be back dated to September. Having gained the relevant information from the supply agency, the payroll dept have now stated that the information given to me by them was incorrect. They have now told me that they do not take into account supply teaching gained through a private agency. Does anyone have any similar experience of this? I am left a little confused and rather annoyed that I thought I was owed a lump sum of money only to be told that I was given the wrong information when I originally spoke to the payroll dept.! Thank you.