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Supply Teachers Union

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by robb42, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. I have been using the forum on and off for the past couple of years. I have worked in education for ten years, four of which has been in daily supply. The amount of work has decreased and as supply teachers our voices are dwindling. We need to start our own union. Agencies are dropping rates, there is less work and unless we find a voice outside of the mainstream unions or have a seperate body within those unions it well get harder. It would be so easy to start a facebook page and it grow from there. If anyone is interestred im sure something could be done.
  2. stupot101

    stupot101 Established commenter

    I did suggest this a few years ago. There is a supplyteachers uk group already on Facebook.
  3. ...doesnt your usual union affiliation cover supply teachers? I could be wrong but I would have thought whatever union you are part of they would/should assist in matters supply related.
    ...count me in, if it made any difference, but I fear it wouldnt. Not that I am being negative but it seems it doesnt matter what one does, govt, agencies and schools just dont want to know, or care
    ...most unions are toothless anyway in some cases cant help, wont help attitude...believe me I have experience of them
    ...still, if a growing band of supply start up a body that represents the specific needs of supply and the hoops we always have to jump through, then its fine by me
  4. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    Can someone post a link to this please
  5. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    Can someone post a link to this please.

  6. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    OOPS how did that happen?[​IMG]
  7. historygrump

    historygrump Star commenter Forum guide

    my union the ATL pretends to be helpful to the supply teacher, to some extent I get access to the CPD courses, but in truth they are anti-supply teacher. In fact they have more ideas to support the TA's then they have to support teachers, i.e they suggested that TA and HLTA's should be given profession qualifications, but the only idea they have seemed to come up for supply teachers is better legal protection against false allegations.
  8. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    I'm also ATL, historygrump, when my subscriptions were due this year I looked to see if the others, particularly Voice, could offer a better service. None of them could so I stayed put.
    Its a pity, and a gap in the market, that no teaching agency fully supports the needs of a large part of the teaching workforce, ie; us Supply Teachers.

  9. stupot101

    stupot101 Established commenter


    sorry for not responding sooner...hope this helps.
  10. I think what would be better than creating a union is to boycott agencies. The only way they make money is by us paying their rediculous fees. Both schools and teachers would win.

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