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Substitute or replacement

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by Bronco, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. How many of the readers on these forums have written to their MPs or to the Department for Education? How many have read the various regulations and guidelines on the subject of cover? How often have you seen such comments that indicate that teachers and support staff are not inter-changeable or that support staff are not substitutes for teachers or that support staff cannot replace teachers?
    Let's make a comparison with professional football which so many will understand. If a top player gets injured in a match or is feeling tired or is just off form he gets substituted. But if he cannot play for several weeks is he substituted by another player or replaced by another player (often by someone who is normally a reserve team player) If the player is a goalkeeper is he substituted/replaced by another goalkeeper or an outfield player?
    If a teacher is off ill is h/she substituted for by or replaced by another teacher? More often than not it would not be another teacher stepping in but a member of the support staff.
    When a class in a Primary school cannot be taught by their assigned class teacher because said teacher has PPA time (and this is not teacher absence) who takes over? All too often it is not another teacher but will be a Teaching Assistant of whatever grade.
    So my question is; are qualified teachers being replaced by staff with no teaching qualifications which politicians and senior civil servants say should not happen?
     
  2. How many of the readers on these forums have written to their MPs or to the Department for Education? How many have read the various regulations and guidelines on the subject of cover? How often have you seen such comments that indicate that teachers and support staff are not inter-changeable or that support staff are not substitutes for teachers or that support staff cannot replace teachers?
    Let's make a comparison with professional football which so many will understand. If a top player gets injured in a match or is feeling tired or is just off form he gets substituted. But if he cannot play for several weeks is he substituted by another player or replaced by another player (often by someone who is normally a reserve team player) If the player is a goalkeeper is he substituted/replaced by another goalkeeper or an outfield player?
    If a teacher is off ill is h/she substituted for by or replaced by another teacher? More often than not it would not be another teacher stepping in but a member of the support staff.
    When a class in a Primary school cannot be taught by their assigned class teacher because said teacher has PPA time (and this is not teacher absence) who takes over? All too often it is not another teacher but will be a Teaching Assistant of whatever grade.
    So my question is; are qualified teachers being replaced by staff with no teaching qualifications which politicians and senior civil servants say should not happen?
     
  3. Nobody gives a **** apart from supply teachers and everyone on the glorious gravy train appears to be ignoring us. You have a choice. Keep plugging away trying to join the gravy train either as a FQT or an UQT or do something else.
     
  4. Thanks Bronco for your highly perceptive comments about the issue and abuse of supply teaching cover which has dried up due to the employment now of all manner of unqualified people as cover "teachers"!
    Only a few years ago the Association of Headteachers actually agreed that a "like for like" cover for supply teaching i.e. if a registered and qualified teacher were absent then a similarly qualified and registered subject specialist should be employed as a cover teacher!
    This was the AHT's response to new Labour's malign and obtuse so called "workforce re-modelling strategy/policy"! What have we had and now have to suffer? Armies of all manner of unqualified people acting as cover "teachers", huge numbers of self-styled management consultants who have corrupted/hoodwinked HTs into believing all the drivel about staff cost savings and presently a huge escalation of TAs everywhere.
    Check out "38 degrees" website [a campaign website] and join the campaign that children being "taught" by unqualified people is totally unacceptable and undermines all including those headteachers who are actively encouraging it.

     
  5. lindacaz on this thread seems to think they're doing a better job than the teachers:
    https://community.tes.co.uk/forums/t/453550.aspx?PageIndex=4
     
  6. The drive for the freedom to employ anyone they wished, qualified or not, came from school managers. Since workforce reform, school managers have been surveyed and report that they prefer the current arrangements.
     

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