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Responding to today’s announcement by the Education Secretary Kirsty Williams of £2.7 million pounds to support new supply teacher arrangement across 86 schools in Wales, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:  
 
“The importance of this initiative is that it demonstrates that if the Welsh Government is so minded it can break the strangle-hold of supply agencies on the provision of supply teachers.
 
“This arrangement is aimed specifically at around 50 recently qualified teachers and represents a first small step on the road to securing for supply teachers the pay, pensions and contractual conditions to which they are entitled.
 
“However, it does not address the ongoing exploitation of all other supply teachers across the country who are becoming increasingly frustrated by the failure of the Welsh Government to secure for them access to their entitlements on pay, conditions of service and pensions.
 
“It is clear from this announcement that the Welsh Government does have the power to end this exploitation and it should act now to demonstrate its commitment to supply teachers, who are so critical to education provision.”
 
Rex Phillips, NASUWT National Official Wales, said,
 
“This is a proposal for a select few, but it will go some way to addressing the plight of newly qualified teachers who can only find work though the supply agencies in Wales.
 
“However, and perhaps more importantly for the body of supply teachers who are paid a pittance by the supply agencies, the NASUWT will view this as setting a precedent for the future engagement of the supply teacher workforce in Wales.
 
“It will also be important to recognise that it would be wholly inappropriate for schools that have recently dismissed staff by way of redundancy to benefit from this initiative, as this would be an injustice to those who have lost their livelihoods. The NASUWT will be scrutinising the list of schools involved closely.”

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