ATL ‘extremely concerned’ about apprentices being 'exploited'

ATL general secretary Mary Bousted also warned that part-time teachers are taking pay cuts to work a four-day week, so they can use their day off to complete non-classroom duties.

 

The general secretary of the ATL teachers' union has said she is “extremely concerned” that new teaching apprenticeships will be “exploitative”.

 

Mary Bousted said there was a risk that schools could employ apprentices at “cut down rates of pay” to try to deal with real-terms cuts to budgets.

 

At the ATL’s annual conference in Liverpool next week, a motion will be debated calling on the union to lobby government to ensure that apprentices are “fairly paid, and are not employed as cheap replacements for qualified and experienced staff”.

 

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