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Supply teachers are stuck on “stagnating” pay rates and “treated like second-class citizens”, fuelling a shortage amid booming demand, a union has warned.

Fifty-five per cent of supply teachers surveyed by the NASUWT union said their pay rates had not improved last year. Another 16 per cent of the 697 surveyed said their pay was actually lower.

Just 29 per cent said their pay had increased despite teachers getting a 5 per cent pay rise that year.

Dr Patrick Roach, general secretary of the NASUWT teaching union, said: “Supply teachers are a vital part of the education workforce. Yet they are continually treated like second-class citizens in terms of their pay, working conditions and access to pensions.

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