Private supply, public chaos

24th November 2000 at 00:00
SUPPLY teachers in Cornwall have just received letters from the education authority to say it will no longer hold their details.

A form is enclosed, which the authority will pass on to commercial supply agencies. The letter says that the agencies may not pay teachers in accordance with the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document.It adds: "Many have apparently chosen to sign up in the hope of obtaining more regular employment."

Luckily, the letter also states that those schools which wish to continue to use their existing supply teachers and pay them through the county council will still be able to do so.

I hve been a professional supply teacher from choice for 14 years and have built up my own network of schools and am offered more work than I need. I am not gloating, just sad that this opportunity has been removed from others in such a backdoor, under-the-carpet manner.

You feel secure and professional working for your local authority but could you say the same about a temping agency?

We have all seen standards eroded with privatisation in many fields; what will the privatisation of supply teachers bring to an already chaotic system?

Cheryl Maughan

The Nest

Potters Lane

Boscastle, Cornwall

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