Crown Commercial Service

New Supply Teachers commercial agreement coming soon

Supply teachers are an important part of a school’s workforce, yet there isn’t a commercial arrangement currently in place to help schools access this resource compliantly and cost-effectively.  

This is why we have been working with the Department for Education (DfE) to develop a new commercial agreement designed specifically for schools. Schools’ spent £1.17bn on supply teachers in 2015-16, 72% (£840m) of which was on agency supply.

This highlights the need to ensure schools have access to an agreement that can help them be confident they are not just getting value for money, but are also complying with procurement regulations.

Available from September in time for the next academic year, the agreement will help you fill both urgent short term needs and longer term assignments.

Why use the new agreement?

You will be able to source both temporary and fixed term teaching and non-teaching roles, ranging from supply teachers, unqualified teachers, cover supervisors and teaching assistants, up to headteacher and leadership roles, plus support roles such as admin, finance and cleaning.

The agreement will bring transparency to agency margins and require agencies to adhere to standard levels of practice, including on the use of temp-to-perm fees. This will help you manage your costs without sacrificing teacher quality and standards, with the added peace of mind that all agencies will have industry standard accreditation.   

The agreement will also offer you a choice of access routes:

  • an easy to use online direct award ‘Agency Selection Tool’ that will enable you to quickly see which agencies in your area can meet your requirement and who offers the best value – agencies will be ranked by their agency mark-ups.
  • for schools, multi-academy trusts and local authorities with bigger and more frequent needs there will also be managed service and neutral vendor options that will take responsibility for all sourcing, engagement and administration of your non-permanent workforce.

Find out more

DfE recently issued an Expression of Interest communication that you can sign up to. You can also get updates directly from CCS: simply please get in touch stating ‘supply teachers’ in the comments box.