Your views

14th March 2014 at 00:00

Voting for unequal pay? Preposterous

The headline in TESS (News in brief, 7 March) stating that "supply teachers settle dispute" is preposterous.

There is no way of knowing, as is the case in any ballot, the status of individual voters in the recent ballot by the EIS teaching union on a package of teachers' pay and conditions.

Furthermore, it is highly unlikely that all, or indeed any, of the 2,500 teachers in the EIS - 3.3 per cent of its total membership - who work on supply would have actively supported a package that offers only half pay for a good proportion of their workload: that is, for every assignment lasting less than three days.

What is most likely to swing a result one way or another is the number who do not bother to vote at all. In this case, that amounted to 37,730 people - more than two-thirds of the EIS' 55,000 members.

The view of the Scottish Supply Teachers network - the only dedicated organisation for supply teachers in Scotland and which includes some EIS members - remains unchanged. Equal pay should operate from Day 1.

Kay Smith

Scottish Supply Teachers

Short and tweet

Our Spanish exchange girl arrives tonight. Her intro to Scotland will be going with my daughter to Raith [Rovers] v St Johnstone in the Scottish Cup...


Mayday mayday, I have knelt on Lego. Repeat, I have knelt on Lego. Send help.


P1-3 have used their trainer feet to measure around the outside of the school. We would need 492 trainers. #SYT2014 [Sport Your Trainers]


We hugely underestimate: 1. The capabilities of our young people. 2. The capabilities of our technology. 3. What an education could and should be.


Every conference should open with a kids' samba band! #raising attainmentOban


Carol Evans: everyone needs to be a lead learner in every school. #raisingattainmentOban


BBC's Jeremy Bowen says there is a time [and] place to show "dead bodies of kids" on television news. ow.lyupMl3


"If you deliberately set out to be less than you are capable, you'll be unhappy for the rest of your life." Abraham Maslow


Letters for publication in TESS should arrive by 10am Monday. Send your letters, ideally of no more than 250 words in length, including contact address and phone number, by email to or by post to TES Scotland, Thistle House, 21-23 Thistle Street, Edinburgh EH2 1DF. Letters may be edited

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now