Jamie Stinson & Will Hazell

‘We want to remove the role of agencies’

The plan for a trusted network of recruiters ‘will not address pressing need’ for better pay and conditions

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In a bid to help schools get a better deal when it comes to hiring supply staff, the government is planning to set up a pool of trusted recruitment agencies.

A framework is being developed by the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), the government’s procurement arm, with a tender expected in January. However, serious doubts are being raised as to whether the move goes far enough.

Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT teaching union, says that, under the plans, trade bodies representing recruitment agencies will be in charge of “policing” themselves. She says: “Rather than that being ...

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