“Schools now spend well over half a billion pounds each year on supply teachers, in part due to the teacher supply crisis and the workload crisis. Far too much of this disappears into the pockets of supply teacher agencies which offer supply teachers less pay than ten or even twenty years ago. The Government’s attempts to seek simply to regulate the market are allowing agencies to continue to flourish. 

“We have to stop the agency rip-off. We need an alternative system that puts schools and teachers directly in touch and drives out the agencies. The NEU welcomes the Labour Party’s commitment to a national scheme for supply teacher provision and calls on the Government to adopt the same approach.”



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