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REC meets with BIS and DfE on AWR Education Guidance

REC meets with BIS and DfE on AWR Education Guidance
 
This week the REC met with officials from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Department for Education (DfE) to discuss the critical issues for the forthcoming guidance about agency supply teachers under the Agency Workers Directive (AWR).
 
BIS has now confirmed that separate guidance for education will be published shortly. This will be welcome news to agencies in this sector and follows REC lobbying on the issue.
 
Among the points requiring additional clarity are: who the 'hirer' is for supply teachers holiday pay and breaks to the 12 week qualifying period and when two roles are considered 'substantively different' such as where a qualified teacher is acting as a Cover Supervisor. The REC has received extensive feedback from members working in the education sector on these issues and used this evidence in highlighting them to Government.
 
John Dunn, Chair of the REC's Education group said,
 
We were pleased to be able to take forward to BIS and DfE the very real concerns of education recruiters about the impact of AWR, which poses particular challenges for our sector. It is good news that BIS has confirmed they will publish a separate guidance document for the sector, and that the DfE is closely involved in this process.
 
'I am optimistic that the specialised guidance will provide clarity on the issues our members raise most frequently with regards to AWR. Such clarity is essential to ensuring we can continue providing schools with the highly-trained supply teachers who play such an important role in students' education.' 

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