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Schools failing to pay substitute teachers the going rate should be named and shamed, teachers at the NASUWT Northern Ireland Conference will hear this weekend.

At the gathering at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast, a motion to be debated by teachers highlights the practice by a small minority of voluntary grammar schools who are attempting to pay substitute teachers less than the contractual rate.

The NASUWT has successfully pursued the matter with individual schools and the Department of Education.

Following pressure from the NASUWT, the Department has reminded all schools of their obligations to teachers regarding their pay.

The vast majority of schools do pay teachers their entitled rate and the numbers of schools that are exploiting teachers in this way is fortunately low.

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

“It is unfortunate that a minority of schools have decided the pay regulations can be flouted and are attempting to pay substitute teachers less than what they are entitled to.

“The NASUWT is committed to ensuring that all teachers are paid according to the pay regulations.

“We are very concerned that a small minority of schools are prepared to exploit the most vulnerable section of the teaching workforce.”

Justin McCamphill, NASUWT National Official Northern Ireland, said:

“We are actively pursuing any school which fails to pay our members the contractual rate.

“It is highly understandable that members want to name and shame schools that are not paying substitute teachers a proper rate of pay.

“We have raised this with the Department of Education. The vast majority of schools are compliant with the regulations but we are actively pursuing any school that fails to pay our members the rate they are entitled to.”


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