These seminars provide a number of continuing professional development (CPD) workshops tailored to your career needs, as well as opportunities to network with other supply/substitute teachers.

These events are FREE to eligible members and provide you with the opportunity to be updated on current developments in education.

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Supply Teachers’ Seminar - September 2023

The second Supply Teachers’ Seminar of 2023 took place online on 9 September, chaired by NASUWT Junior Vice-President Wayne Broom.

The day began with the Supply Teachers’ Forum giving an update on the work the NASUWT has been undertaking to protect supply teachers’ terms and conditions and a live Q&A session. This included:

  • the landmark High Court victory over the proposed repeal of Regulation 7 of the Conduct Regulations, which prohibits agencies from using supply workers to cover industrial action by striking teachers. This judgement quashes strike-breaking legislation following a two-day hearing in May where:

    • we presented comprehensive and detailed evidence on the detrimental impact the proposal would have on supply teachers as agency workers;

    • the High Court noted that the Secretary of State’s approach was ‘so unfair as to be unlawful and irrational’;

    • the consultation process was deemed to be flawed;

  • the NASUWT submission to the pay review body in England and the NASUWT submission to the Independent Welsh Pay Review Body (IWPRB) review;

  • several detailed Consultation Responses with implications for supply teachers’ terms and conditions;

  • the M6 pay cap in the Isle of Man was lifted as a result of our campaign so that supply teachers can access the upper pay scale (UPS);

  • continued engagement with ministers in Westminster and the devolved administrations on matters affecting supply teachers.

Jane Peckham (Deputy General Secretary) addressed the Supply Teachers’ Seminar, saying that the impact of low pay has been particularly devastating, with daily rates for many not having increased since 2014, resulting in an exodus of skilled professionals and a shortage of supply teachers.

Ms Peckham said, ‘The situation for supply teachers has been compounded by the cost-of-living crisis and levels of inflation the likes of which have not been seen for decades.

‘Many supply teachers are subject to the vagaries of intermittent and insecure employment, making the cost-of-living crisis ever more prescient.’

‘Despite an increase in the level of payment received for daily assignments, many supply teachers are subject to the vagaries of intermittent and insecure employment, making the cost-of-living crisis ever more prescient.

In this context, we made it clear to governments that there is a pressing need for a Better Deal for Supply Teachers where they are afforded the same conditions and entitlements as permanent teachers.’

Four interactive workshops also took place throughout the day, addressing the following topics:

  • The Role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Education - Sonja Hall, Principal Official (Education), NASUWT

  • Anti-Bullying Alliance - Martha Evans, Director of the Anti-Bullying Alliance

  • Holiday Pay for Supply Teachers: Understanding your rights and entitlements and how it is calculated - Paul Watkins, National Negotiating Official, NASUWT

  • Creating a Calm Workshop - Dave Read, CoolFire Programmes and Workshops

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Supply Teachers’ Seminar - March 2023

The first Supply Teachers’ Seminar of 2023 took place online on 11 March with a series of training workshops.

The day began with an update of the work done by the NASUWT on behalf of our supply teacher members, including:

  • the High Court granting the Union permission to proceed with legal action over the repeal of Regulation 7 of the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations, which now permits agencies to supply workers to schools to cover industrial action by striking teachers;

  • the NASUWT submission to the pay review body in England;

  • the NASUWT submission to the Independent Welsh Pay Review Body (IWPRB) review into the role and remuneration of supply teachers;

  • evidence submitted to the BEIS consultation on holiday pay for part-year workers and those with irregular hours; and

  • continuing engagement with ministers on matters affecting supply teachers.

Four interactive workshops also took place throughout the day:

  • Behaviour Management/Dealing with Children with Additional Needs - Karen Ferguson, NSM Training and Consultancy

  • Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) - Dave Underwood, Senior Consultant for Education, NSPCC

  • Holiday Pay for Supply Teachers - understanding your rights and entitlements and how it is calculated - Paul Watkins, National Negotiating Official, NASUWT

  • Decolonising the Curriculum - Dr Judith Bruce-Golding, Teacher, SENCO and Research Fellow


‘The seminar was informative, varied and full of practical ideas and suggestions. Excellent and knowledgeable speakers. Look forward to the next seminar. Thank you.’

Further insight and support from professional colleagues, within the NASUWT, expert presenters and fellow teaching community - thank you.

Thought-provoking, excellent information and as friendly as a virtual event can be.

A Better Deal for Supply Teachers

The second Supply Teachers’ Seminar took place on 15 October 2022 in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The theme for the Seminar was a Better Deal for Supply Teachers.

Supply teachers call for a Better Deal for Supply Teachers

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Addressing the seminar, Deputy General Secretary Jane Peckham said supply teachers were one of the worst hit groups during the pandemic.

She said, ‘The NASUWT continues to warn that supply teachers have a lack of employment opportunities and low pay. We continue to fight for you to have access to CPD, sick pay and an automatic right to enrol on the Teachers’ Pension Scheme.’

The repeal of the regulations preventing employment agencies sending agency workers across picket lines were ‘intended to prevent workers taking action to protect their jobs, pay and working conditions.’

A sense of belonging. We are part of a much bigger teacher family!

Ms Peckham said the NASUWT was challenging the move through a judicial review and would continue to advocate that pay review bodies should be concerned with the pay and terms and conditions of the supply teacher workforce in their recommendations.

She told members, ‘The level of anger among members is enormous. You deserve a better are the lifeblood of the profession.’

Paul Watkins, National Negotiating Official, outlined the Better Deal for Supply Teachers in England and Supply Teachers in Wales campaign and the work that the Union was doing to highlight the pay disparity between supply teachers and other teachers, which has been compounded by the Covid-19 pandemic and the current cost of living crisis.

He outlined additional advice and guidance that the NASUWT has produced to assist Workplace Representatives, Local Associations and supply teachers when seeking to discuss and bargain on behalf of supply members.

Reassurance that the union is standing up for supply teachers.

Attendees also heard from the TUC’s Matt Creagh who outlined the Government’s threats to agency worker rights. Mr Creagh said the TUC wanted to ban unregulated umbrella companies that charge supply teachers a fee to pay them their own wages. He said the TUC supports the NASUWT’s call for more local authority supply pools to reduce the powers of supply agencies.

As well as a Q&A session on industrial action, workshops took place throughout the day and included a choice of:

  • An update on the DfE Schools White Paper, exploring possible implications for supply teachers

  • How to maximise your income as a supply/substitute teacher

  • An introduction for those new to supply teaching

  • Umbrella Companies: Everything you need to know and how to make sure you get paid what you are owed

  • Understanding the Key Information Document (KID) and your payslip as a supply teacher

  • Using social media

  • Mental health first aid training for supply teachers

  • Menopause awareness

In your words

I feel more informed to support myself and others. I also feel able to raises supply issues in my Local Association meetings.

I have gained a very good understanding of umbrella companies, KID document, my payslip and also how to maximise my income as a supply teacher.

Better understanding of the rights we have as supply teachers and how the union can support us.

Umbrella companies - Seb was fantastic, he gave me all the information I needed and for the first time ever I understood umbrella companies and what I should have on my payslip.

KID - it informed us of our rights. As supply a teacher, I always feel less informed than employed teachers but this was really good!

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If you’re not yet a member but want to attend our Supply Teachers’ Seminars, and get access to other exclusive member benefits, why not join today?

You can find out more about why you should join us or go straight to our Online Joining site to take full advantage of our wider programme of events, training and discount scheme.

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