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Temporary workers must be at the heart of cost reduction strategies

Temporary workers must be at the heart of cost reduction strategies says REC Education.
 
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has today highlighted the value that agency staff and supply teachers bring to schools, arguing that flexible workers prove a specialised and cost effective solution to staffing problems. 
 
Responding to recent research demonstrating that nearly half (47.2%)  of teaching staff said that their school cut its spending in the last academic year- with 48% believing that even less will be spent this year, Chair of REC Education John Dunn remarked
 
Supply teachers are essential to the provision of a flexible, efficient education system.  Not only do they provide specialist skills, tailored to the needs of individual schools but weighed against the expense of employing more permanent staff, prove cost effective, guarding schools against staffing changes and absence. 
As budgets become squeezed, it is crucial that schools do not cut back on supply teachers to cover staffing changes.  We must avoid the scenario where in cutting costs, unqualified cover supervisors are being employed in the place of highly trained supply teachers.  Supply teachers provide a highly trained and specialised service it is important that this contribution is recognised. 

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