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Could Labours plan for supply teachers be costlier for schools?

Could Labours plan for supply teachers be costlier for schools?

Recruiters have questioned whether a Labour proposal for a new Substitute Teacher Register, aimed at ending the “spiralling” cost to schools of hiring supply teachers, is workable.

Addressing the Labour Party Conference yesterday, shadow education secretary Angela Rayner said if elected, Labour would introduce a national Substitute Teacher Register, similar to a system already used in Northern Ireland. The register would allow schools to book teachers at short notice from a government-held register of accredited teachers in the local area.

As well as developing the register, Labour also announced plans to examine the feasibility of setting up a state supply agency to compete within the market, as well as looking into whether further regulation of supply teacher fees is needed to stop the “exorbitant and escalating” costs seen in the industry in recent years.

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