School spending on supply teacher agencies jumps by a fifth in three years


School spending on supply teacher agencies has jumped by a fifth in three years, figures reveal, as MPs warn that the Government has no long term strategy to address staff shortages.

The amount that schools spend on recruitment agency fees alone has increased by almost a fifth (18.5 per cent) in the past four years, from £469 million in 2012/13 to £556 million in 2015/16.

These figures exclude the spend for academies, which means the overall cost for academies and free schools – which now represent the majority of schools – will be substantially higher.

Such is the demand for supply teachers that agencies typically charge a commission fee of up to 30 per cent – which is almost double the industry average.

It comes as the education select committee warn that the Government has no long term strategy to address the shortage of teachers in England.

Neil Carmichael MP, the chair of the select committee, told The Telegraph said the Government must do more to reduce the burdens placed on school budgets by supply teacher agencie


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