Supply teachers are an important part of a school’s workforce, helping schools cover absences.
The Department for Education’s (DfE) figures indicate that in 2015-16, £1.24bn was spent on supply teachers, with 70% sourced through recruitment agencies.
Working in conjunction with the DfE, we have recognised that there is a need for a commercial agreement designed specifically for schools to access supply teachers.
Our new framework will take into account urgent short term needs and longer term assignments by offering a range of recruitment agencies. We expect the framework to be available for schools to use in early 2018.
It will provide a competitive landscape to manage costs without sacrificing teacher quality and standards, and offer standard model terms and conditions covering transfer fees and code of conduct.
Find out more about the planned framework, including a joint presentation from CCS and DfE, and details of future market engagement activities.
You can also sign up to our engagement webinar on 28 June, for an overview of the supply teacher strategy and an update on the procurement timelines. The webinar is suitable for buyers in schools and multi-academy trusts and professional associations, as well as unions and suppliers that cannot attend the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) or Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) industry events.
If you have responsibility for sourcing supply teachers, you may also be interested in helping us evaluate the tender responses which will decide which agencies are on the framework. Please get in touch to express your interest.
You will need to be able to commit to working approximately 5 days as an independent evaluator in October, with a further day to complete a consensus meeting in early November.