Supply Teaching Pay – How Much Do Supply Teachers Get Paid?

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Supply Teaching Pay – How Much Do Supply Teachers Get Paid?

Supply Teaching Pay – What is the correct rate of supply teacher pay and what should schools be charged to fill temporary positions?

Original article by TES:

Ask a supply teacher to tell you the worst part of their job and – almost unanimously – they will say that it is the pay. While every new placement can bring the joy of new colleagues, classrooms and students, it almost always brings a new rate of pay, too: there’s little standardisation between counties, let alone between schools – or even departments within the same school.

Meanwhile, schools are also suffering from being charged variable rates, particularly at secondary.

In this special report, we take a look at the supply teaching pay landscape to try and bring some clarity for both schools and supply teachers.

How are most supply teachers employed?

Most supply teachers get their work through an agency, rather than being employed directly by a school.

According to the NASUWT teaching union’s 2017 survey into supply teaching, nearly four-fifths (79 per cent) said they were employed through a supply agency, while around a quarter (27 per cent) were employed directly by a school and less than one in 10 (7 per cent) were employed via a local authority supply pool.

How much do supply teachers earn?

Rates of pay fluctuate wildly due to a number of factors, including how agency commission charges, what schools are prepared to pay and where you are based in England and Wales.

Rates also differ depending on how long you are working in the school and the responsibilities you are given.

Typically, if you are working in a school for longer than six weeks, this will come with added responsibilities, such as planning and assessment work. For this extra level of work, you should be paid more.

Short-term rates

We asked Tes readers what they received for daily rates.

  • 26 per centearned less than £100 per day
  • 29 per cent earned £101-£120
  • 27 per centearned £121-£140
  • 11 per centearned £141-$160
  • 4 per cent earned £161-£180
  • 3 per cent earned more than £180

Supply teacher pay

This suggests around 54 per cent of teachers are earning below what one supply agency stated should be the norm.


Long-term rates

For long-term supply roles – more than six weeks – you can expect to earn more. However, as mentioned above, this does tend to include greater responsibility.

This is a general guide for long-term supply teacher daily rates:

Main pay scaleInner LondonOuter LondonLondon fringeAll other areas (England and Wales)

Rates for longer-term supply should mirror the main teacher pay scales. Agency Workers’ Regulations (AWR) apply after 12 consecutive weeks granting a supply teacher the same pay and conditions as someone in that role permanently.

Heather Mitchell, an employment lawyer at Browne Jacobson who specialises in the education sector, said that if a supply teacher was not paid pay parity after 12 weeks, they would be entitled to make a claim.

“The agency worker is likely to be able to bring a claim for detriment under the Agency Worker Regulations,” Mitchell explained. “This would include compensation payable to the worker taking into account financial loss suffered.”

Can you increase your daily rate?

One common supply query is how a teacher can increase their daily rate.

Tes forum user Pepper5 said that by taking on additional responsibilities, you should expect a higher rate.

“A teacher would get more for marking and planning on a long-term assignment. If you are willing to work in challenging academies, you can charge more,” she said.

Other factors that affect whether you can negotiate more include the availability (or willingness) of other supply teachers to take the role and what subject you are teaching, Pepper5 added.

“Unless you are teaching a shortage subject, it is very difficult to get more than the going daily rate,” she said.

Tes forum-user The-gaffer backed this up: “I think it’s based on subject or, more specifically, the demand for that subject vs the availability of people to teach the subject.”

This is evidenced by a supply teacher of maths and science who wishes to remain anonymous.

“I have received, for four weeks, £196.20 as a maximum. More normally, I’ve received £195 per day on several occasions. These are all for medium/long-term roles – about seven/eight weeks appears to be usual. There isn’t an average as such, but I would estimate that I’ve managed around £165 per possible working day, including those I’ve been unemployed on.”

John added that for daily supply, the most he had been able to get was £140.

Supply Teaching UK connects you with pre-vetted teaching agencies and Schools in your area – they undergo strict vetting to ensure they pay you fairly and in accordance with AWR regulations. Sign up with Supply Teaching UK Today. 





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