Covid is still causing staff shortages in Schools

An article in Tes magazine last week demonstrated how schools are still suffering staff shortages and having to send year groups home.

The removal of compulsory testing for covid

The removal of the need for Covid testing among staff and pupils was making the situation worse, with some schools now experiencing their worst absence levels of the pandemic, a headteachers’ leader told Tes.

4myschools CEO Simone Payne interviewed by TES

Schools are still faced with a difficult situation where they have massive staff shortages, just as much as they have done over the last two years with so many people having Covid. Schools still need our help.

Schools Minister Robin Walker concerns over NTP shortages

Schools minister Robin Walker was warned this week at a meeting of the Commons Education Select Committee that schools in some parts of the country are “fishing in the same pond” for both supply staff to cover Covid absences and people to deliver catch-up tuition sessions through the NTP.

Saffron Academy Trust, in Essex

Caroline Derbyshire, chair of the Headteachers’ Roundtable group and trust leader for Saffron Academy Trust, in Essex, said that across her multi-academy trust more staff had been off with Covid in the past two months than in the previous two years of the pandemic.

Around one in five of the trust’s 1,100 staff have been off with Covid since 22 January, with more than 50 off with the virus on one day this week.

She said: “Clearly, removing compulsory testing and self-isolation has had an impact, without doubt.”

To read the full article in TES click here

We need teachers and support staff to help keep year groups open

Supply staff are needed more now than in the last two years and that is not about to change quickly. If you want to help then get in contact with us, we will look after you and give you the flexibility you want.

Teachers get paid to scale for long term supply assignments

4myschools philosophy is to pay teachers the maximum we can for daily supply within the constraints of what we can charge schools, or what they are prepared to pay.

For long term assignments we try to get a teacher paid to scale from day one and most schools agree to this rather than waiting for the AWR legislation to force their hand.

Jack Worth, the school workforce lead at the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), said the fall in teacher trainee applications shows that “the government needs to give teacher supply a shot in the arm”.

If you are interested in working with us on supply or are looking for a new role please contact us here