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.