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Labour to shake-up supply teacher system.

Labour to shake-up supply teacher system.

Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner has today announced plans for a Labour government to save cash strapped schools over half a billion pounds a year through a major shake-up of the supply teacher system.

At the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool, the Shadow Education Secretary outlined plans to introduce a new national Substitute Teacher Register to end the spiralling cost to schools of hiring supply teachers, which cost £556 million on recruitment agency fees alone in 2015/16, an average of over £25,000 for every school in England.

The national Substitute Teacher Register would be similar to a system already used in Northern Ireland, which allows schools to book the teachers they need at short notice from a government held register of accredited teachers in the local area. This simple system alleviates the need for schools to pay expensive agency fees to find suitable teachers, allowing those savings to be used on teachers, resources and essentials that many schools are struggling to afford.

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