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REC retains DCSF Quality Mark contract

REC retains DCSF Quality Mark contract

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) is delighted to announce that it has retained the Department for Children Schools and Families (DCSF) contract for administering the Quality Mark scheme for a further three years.

The three year contract awarded to the REC will cover two key areas of education recruitment, firstly a continuation of the current system for the supply of temporary teachers in England and secondly to provide a new Quality Mark Scheme for agencies and local authorities providing tutors for the one-to-one tuition programme.

The Quality Mark for supply teachers was launched as a joint initiative between the REC and DCSF in 2002, awarding a recognised standard for those who demonstrate best practice in providing supply teachers to schools and local education authorities.

More than 100 agencies and three local authorities have attained the Quality Mark, which provides schools and parents with the assurance that people engaged to work with children are being supplied by high calibre businesses, who ensure that teaching staff have been correctly vetted.

Vernon Coaker, Minister of State for Schools and Learners, said:

After a tendering process, we are pleased to have awarded a three year contract to the REC to deliver the Quality Mark schemes for one-to-one tutors and supply teachers. It is important that agencies and local authorities providing teachers and tutors operate to the highest of standards in order to ensure the quality of teaching, and we look forward to continuing to work with REC to deliver this.

Kevin Green, the RECs Chief Executive said of QM contract: This is a very positive endorsement from the Government of the RECs ability to manage and deliver a very critical service whose ethos is based on safe recruitment.

The Quality Mark is one of the key components in our quest to improve professional standards throughout recruitment. In education, it is essential that best practice in recruitment is provided without exception.

Our experience of helping agencies meet the QMs exacting targets has been recognised by the DCSF with whom we shall continue to work closely to ensure these standards are implemented as widely within education as possible.

To ensure that the highest quality tutors are being used for the one-to-one tuition programme, the REC is developing a new quality assurance system so that agencies providing tutors can receive a Quality Mark.

The extension of the Quality Mark to cover one to one tuition shows how important the Quality Mark is for providers and demonstrates the DCSFs commitment to best practice in recruitment.

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