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Permanent supply for school groups

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by Lucilla90, Feb 26, 2018.

  1. Lucilla90

    Lucilla90 Occasional commenter

    I have seen advertised some ‘permanent supply’ adverts, particularly in the north of the UK. It appears that school groups are employing a supply teacher to be paid to scale and provide ongoing supply within the group. ( Having worked in a large primary which was constantly using supply agencies, I am surprised more schools don’t employ their own.)

    Has anyone had experience in this type of role? What is it like? What happens if no supply is needed on a particular day, i.e. noone is ill or on training? Is it really the same as the role PPA teachers play, plus extra periods available to cover illness etc...?

    What are the pros and cons?
  2. nearmiss

    nearmiss Lead commenter

    Potentially this could be a good deal. It depends entirely on how the job is graded. If it's an in-house cover supervisor then, it's not an improvement. However, there are moves afoot for some MATs to set up an in-house pool of supply teachers to avoid agencies and to choose supply staff who really suit the school. This, in theory, should mean direct payment through payroll, access to the Teachers' Pension Scheme, access to training and DBS.
  3. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Mrs B worked in a daycare setting as a supply. Most of the 'permanent' staff were what they called 'Bank Staff'. basically zero hours contracts where they could be called in to work at any of the company's day care centres. They were constantly trying to get her to take one of these contracts but the hourly rate was 10p more than she got on supply and the hours were even more unstable than she was on. In fact she did 5 years of continuous supply in one place. She was the longest serving member of staff in the building and the parents thought she was in charge!
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  4. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Back in the day LEAs ran similar schemes. A supply teacher would be allocated to a base school. If no cover was required then they would report to base and be deployed as support etc. If cover was required they would be sent to the school needing it.
    gingerhobo48 and agathamorse like this.

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