Chat room

6th May 2011 at 01:00
The latest chat from the TES Scotland forums

Election campaign

kibosh: "Supply teachers feel they have come off badly in the recent negotiations about pay and conditions. What would you say to them?" (TESS)

"I'm sorry they feel that . The total cost of these changes is pound;45 million out of a total salaries budget of pound;1.6 billion, so that is a modest sum, but unfortunately it has to touch some part of the profession." (Michael Russell)

airy: Devaluing supply teachers devalues the profession. If we're not paying supply teachers to do the job of a teacher, then how long is it before someone suggests we don't need them at all?

catmother: Cover supervisors on the horizon?

grunwald: Yes, that may be part of the "narrative". Short-term supply teachers become thin on the ground after the summer because of pay cuts, so a day or two's training for classroom assistants .

airy: Those changes, which are not purely financial, attack and devalue professional development; whether as a probationer, teacher, chartered teacher or experienced supply.

LizWithaZ: I think what is happening up here is far more insidious than the introduction of cover supervisors down south.

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