Hundreds of schools use Uber-style apps to hire supply teachers
But they should be “cautious” about using the online technology as its lack of face-to-face verification could lead to fake teachers heading into the classroom, say some union leaders.
A Schools Week investigation has found two organisations – Teachers Register and Sick Cover – that have launched supply teacher apps. Their processes have been likened to Uber, the taxi-request service, and Tinder, an online dating service.
Teachers and schools can use their phones to sign up, giving the same details they would to a recruitment agency but without a finder’s fee once a teacher is placed.
Two other companies are testing similar technology but are running the matching services through their websites until their apps are ready. Another, Uber Education, operates solely on the web.