School Closures: What does a Supply Teacher need to know?

We've gathered together all the information we have currently on what school closures will mean for Supply Teachers over the next few months. Please keep checking back as we will be updating this constantly.

As we’re all aware the Government has ordered that from Friday the 20th March all schools will be forced to close, with no idea when they will be opening again. This is a trying time for all teachers but in particular, there is a great deal of uncertainty for Supply Teachers and whether they will be able to make ends meet. We’ve rounded up some of the key questions here, and will add to this guide as the situation develops.

When a school closes what does this mean for Supply Teachers?

As the government has ordered all schools to close, that means that all placements in schools are in effect cancelled. As you’re a temporary member of staff the schools have no obligation to keep paying you, however, some schools have elected to continue paying staff who are employed on a longer-term basis. We’re working hard with Schools to help them manage this process but its unfortunately likely to be the minority of cases that this applies to.

Will I get paid for any bookings I’ve got?

Unfortunately, in most cases, schools can only pay for work completed, so there will be no pay for bookings yet to be done unless the school has agreed to cover your wages. We’re working hard to make sure that when schools are ready, you can be first in line to support them.

How will I earn money?

Whilst schools are closed we are planning on doing all we can to support you, and as we hear more we will update you.
People who use umbrella companies should be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay
And those who are self-employed may be able to claim Employment and Support Allowance

If you feel unwell please follow NHS advice.

The government advice is evolving daily so please monitor the situation – they have promised help for flexible workers.

Will there be any work with Schools available?

It’s unclear about the situation with schools currently and what support they will require. We’re working with them to understand where they need help be that covering online lessons or help supporting keyworkers. We are working to make plans for this so please watch this space.

A School has agreed to keep paying me – will I get paid as normal?

We are working hard to make sure that if you are being paid as usual there will be minimal disruption but as this a unique situation, there will be some disruption in the normal processes. As we have more information we will let you know.

When will schools open again?

We just don’t know when they will open again – its dependent on so many factors. As soon as we have a better idea we will update you.

Am I entitled to any benefits?

You may be. There are a few sites that can help you work that out.

I’m feeling really stressed and don’t know what to do.

This is an unprecedented situation, but everyone is in the same boat. Do your best to read up about support online and reach out to colleagues for support. If you’re struggling please get in touch with us.

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