As National Supply Teacher Week 2016 is celebrated, Andrew Preston, Group Managing Director of de Poel, comments on the vital role supply teachers play in our children’s education:
“Amidst the perfect storm of a national talent shortage, funding cuts and a surge in pupil numbers, it is little wonder the industry has witnessed a significant shift in working.
“Supply teaching is becoming more visible as an alternative option for teachers favouring the flexibility, autonomy and greater work/life balance it can bring, and is being recognised as the valuable stepping stone it can be.
“According to official Government statistics, on average there are 41,000 temporary teachers working in UK schools each week, as supply teachers are being called to fill the gaps in education.
“We help schools to procure the services of recruitment agencies and fulfil their safeguarding obligations by ensuring they have the very best supply teachers in place at the right time – which is characteristically, at a moment’s notice.
“Throughout National Supply Teacher Week 2016, we are celebrating the vital role these highly skilled professionals play in our children’s education – the unsung heroes of the teaching profession – giving them the recognition and appreciation they deserve.”