Supply teachers

The NUT campaigns vigorously on behalf of its supply teacher members. Most are employed by agencies on low flat rates and with no entitlement to membership of the Teachers' Pension scheme. The NUT opposes the supply agency model which diverts significant amounts of public money into private hands, to the detriment of teachers and schools.

This page contains the NUT’s toolkit of guidance for supply teacher members and schools, and sets out information about the NUT's wider campaign to secure fair pay, conditions and pensions for supply teachers.

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Supply teachers and DBS checks

Supply teachers and DBS checks

Do you want to know how to avoid the backlogs which supply teachers experience from time to time when applying for DBS certificates? Click here for guidance on how to subscribe to the DBS Update Service.

Stand up for supply teachers

Stand up for supply teachers

NUT members are continuing to lobby supply teacher agencies in pursuit of the NUT’s campaign for fair pay and pensions for supply teachers. Click here to view photos of various local and national lobbies held during the past two years.

If you want to lobby locally, you can use this leaflet and model letter from the national lobby.

NUT Charter for Supply Teachers

NUT Charter for Supply Teachers

This NUT Charter for Supply Teachers sets out the Union's aspirations for its supply teacher members and the steps which the Union believes necessary to achieve them.

NUT Toolkit for Supply Teachers

NUT Toolkit for Supply Teachers

The following suite of guidance documents provide information and advice on matters relevant to supply teachers.

  • Pay and Conditions
  • Agency Worker Regulations
  • Guaranteed Work’ Contracts
  • Umbrella companies and limited companies
  • Health and Safety
  • Supporting Supply Teachers

Getting involved

Getting involved

The NUT has asked its divisions and associations to help develop networks for supply teachers within the NUT. To contact your local NUT secretary, click here.

Click here to join the self-organising network of NUT supply teacher members.

NUT Supply Teacher Survey - June 2017

NUT Supply Teacher Survey - June 2017

This is a report of the NUT’s 2017 supply teacher survey which asked a range of questions about pay and employment, including reasons for working as a supply teacher, availability of work, rates of pay, pension arrangements, types of contract and trends in employment in relation to umbrella and limited companies.

Supply Teachers – NUT Schools Survey October 2015

Supply Teachers – NUT Schools Survey October 2015

This NUT survey asked a sample of NUT school leader members about supply teaching and strategies for covering teacher absence in their schools. The survey report can be read here.

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