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Teachers at the Annual Conference of NASUWT Cymru-The Teachers’ Union, have called for an end to the continued exploitation of supply teachers by supply agencies.
The call came during a motion that was debated at today’s Annual Conference of NASUWT Cymru, where teachers decided the best solution is the reinstatement of local authority supply pools.
Local authority supply pools operate in some areas of Wales including Gwynedd and Ynys Môn, and the benefits are noted by supply teachers in these areas.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
“Supply teachers provide a vital resource to schools but all too often they are being exploited by unscrupulous supply agencies.
“This privatisation of supply cover has led to depreciation in both pay and terms and conditions for supply teachers.
“Rates of pay are often poor, and there is rarely any provision for pension or other benefits, which would otherwise be stipulated in teachers’ conditions of service.
“Supply teaching is, by its very nature, often an isolating job, but the conditions facing supply teachers are leading to increase levels of stress and a drop in morale. 
“The NASUWT will be pressing for a return to local authority supply pools.”
Meredic Hallett, from the Conwy Association, who proposed the motion, said:
“Some agencies practice recruitment that tries to deny teachers rights to protections, such as PPA time.
“Too many agencies put financial gain ahead of teachers and pupils.
“Working for some agencies is a demoralising, marginalising and isolating experience.”



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