Supply Justice Campaign
In response to the ongoing situation regarding Covid-19, the extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will now run until the end of April 2021.
The Scheme enables employers to continue to furlough employees, including supply teachers working for employment businesses or umbrella companies. The employer receives a grant to cover 80% of an employee’s usual wage, or £2,500, whichever is lower, provided the employee was employed on 19th March and on the PAYE payroll on or before 19th March 2020.
Whilst Government advice and guidance for the extended CJRS make it clear that employers can still claim for supply teachers, including during school holiday periods provided they meet the usual eligibility criteria, the Union is aware that the increased employers’ costs towards the scheme (e.g. National Insurance and pension contributions) have resulted in supply agencies stating that they cannot place supply teachers on furlough, coupled with the associated loss of earnings.
The NASUWT has written to the Secretary of State for Education asking that consideration is given to supply teachers continuing to receive further financial support going forward.
The NASUWT is asking you to show your solidarity by sending a letter to your MP/MS. We have drafted a template letter for you to use, which you can send via the Union's Contact Your MP/MS service below.
Some tips for writing to your MP/MS
- Keep it to the point and be polite.
- We’ve provided some starter text, but it’s much more powerful to tell your MP/MS about your own experiences.
- Elected representatives have a duty to listen and respond to voters who live in their constituency, so write to your own MP/MS.
- Find out more about your representatives on They Work For You.
Some starter text
<<ANYTHING IN CAPITALS IS OPTIONAL TEXT THAT YOU CAN REPLACE/AMEND AS YOU WISH>>
I currently work as a supply teacher in <<ADD THE NAME OF YOUR COUNTY/CONSTITUENCY>>. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I was fortunate enough to be put on furlough by my agency/umbrella company <<DELETE AS APPROPRIATE>> under the Job Retention Scheme, which has provided me with some level of income during the pandemic.
However, I wish to express my concerns that the increased employer costs will have a detrimental impact on my ability to access furlough in the coming months, and the associated loss of income at a time when there is little opportunity to undertake work in <<ADD THE NAME OF YOUR LOCAL AUTHORITY>>.
<<I AM A
- YOUNG SUPPLY TEACHER ALREADY STRUGGLING TO COPE WITH STUDENT DEBT
- A SUPPLY TEACHER WITH A FAMILY TO SUPPORT
- A SUPPLY TEACHER FACING UNCERTAINTY AND EXPLOITATION
- OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES>>
Given the current situation, there is a need for the Government to continue to provide financial support during this time.
Supply teaching is a highly demanding, highly challenging and highly rewarding job, as we have a vital role in educating the future citizens of the country. Supply teachers deserve equal rights at work and to be guaranteed the same right to find permanent employment as all other teachers.
Please confirm that you support and will press for revisions to the extended Job Retention Scheme for supply teachers in England and Wales.
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