The government’s buying department, the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), is creating a new national framework for the provision of supply teachers.
Amid growing concerns about a nationwide teacher shortage, the government wants a better deal for temporary staff and the schools that recruit them.
Working with the Department for Education (DfE), the CCS is finalising a new agreement that will cover all temporary and fixed term teaching and non-teaching roles.
This includes unqualified teaching assistants, cover supervisors, supply teachers and head teachers as well as non-classroom personnel like clerical workers and cleaners.
To justify the new framework, CSS highlighted school spending figures on supply staff.