The NASUWT- The Teachers’ Union, and the Supply Register teaching agency have today announced a new partnership in a memorandum of understanding to promote an ethical alternative for the employment of supply teachers.

Supply teachers play a vital role in ensuring the highest standards of education for all children and young people. However, the way in which the supply agency market has operated has often been to the detriment of schools and supply teachers. The new partnership aims to deliver a positive change for the benefit of supply teachers and schools.

The Supply Register and the NASUWT are committed to ending the cycle where supply teachers get less, schools pay more and supply agencies make excessive profits.

The memorandum of understanding between the two leading education organisations represents a better deal for schools, including:

  • the highest standards in recruitment practice;
  • full compliance with all the relevant legislation, including safeguarding checks;
  • supply teachers who are provided with ongoing training and CPD opportunities;
  • transparent charges and no hidden fees;
  • no finders’ fees;
  • that supply teachers procured through The Supply Register have access to ongoing training and development; and
  • that the recruitment procedures used ensure equality and diversity.

NASUWT General Secretary Chris Keates said: “Supply teachers form a valued part of the teaching profession and are a vital professional resource for schools.

“Unacceptable employment practices in some schools and the actions of some unscrupulous supply agencies have meant supply teachers are exploited on a regular basis.

“The collaboration between the NASUWT and the Supply Register is a significant step towards supply teachers having the certainty of knowing they will be employed in a fair way and will be paid a fair wage for their vital work, others would be advised to follow the Supply Register’s example.

Supply Register Managing Director Baljinder Kuller said:

“We are very proud to announce our partnership with the NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union, which makes us their model of choice for over 300,000 of their members seeking supply and permanent opportunities in the United Kingdom.

“As an official partner, we share the values and ambitions of the NASUWT and this partnership represents a better deal for schools and supply teachers whilst creating an opening for the most ethical supply agencies to join us in our commitment.

“We look forward to supporting the NASUWT and in the near future announcing additions to our service that are underpinned by the principle that supply teachers make a vital contribution to ensure the highest standards of education for all children and young people.”


Commenting on the report published today by the NFER into how better part time and flexible working opportunities could support teacher retention, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:

"Improving flexible working opportunities in teaching is certainly important in supporting teachers at all stages of their careers to remain the profession. NASUWT research and casework shows that too many teachers are being denied their rights to flexible working. Spurious arguments, feeble excuses and blatant discrimination are being used to turn down requests.

“Even when teachers are granted flexibility, there are countless cases where unfairness and exploitation flourishes, with many teachers still expected to undertake work related activities on days they are not supposed to be working, invariably without payment.

"However, addressing this discrimination is only one part of the solution to the teacher recruitment and retention crisis. Effective action to support flexible working must also go hand in hand with measures to drive down the excessive workload which is affecting all teachers and which is at the heart of why rising numbers are leaving the profession."