Coronavirus: supply teachers


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What support is available to supply teachers who are not currently working?

The Department for Education (DfE) has published guidance on the temporary closure of schools due to COVID-19. It includes a section which outlines information for supply teachers.

The Department explains that support available for supply teachers and other temporary workers will depend on their employment status and individual circumstances. 

If you are not directly employed by a school or local authority, but are an employee, agency worker, or on a zero hours contract, you should speak with your employer in the first instance, and refer to the guidance for furloughed employees and workers.

Practical advice from one of our caseworkers

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme announced by the government is open to agency workers, therefore supply teachers can ask their agency to be placed on furlough leave in order that their agency can apply through the scheme. The agency will have to agree to this however as there is no entitlement to furlough leave.

If the agency agrees to furlough, then the supply teacher will not be able to carry out any work for that particular agency.

If a supply teachers works for multiple agencies then they can look to ask each agency on furlough leave.

Should maintained schools continue to pay supply teachers?

The DfE have explained that schools will continue to receive their budgets for the coming year as usual, regardless of any periods of partial or complete closure. This will ensure that they are able to continue to pay for staff, and meet their other regular financial commitments.

The DfE expects schools to continue to pay staff they employ directly in the usual fashion, and correspondingly not furlough them.

The DfE expects schools will draw first on their existing staff to maintain necessary provision, but schools may continue to need supply teachers and other temporary workers throughout this period.

The Department encourages schools and employment businesses (agencies) to continue to liaise on any potential need to ensure workers are available where required.

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