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Agencies seen as threat to jobs

The National Union of Teachers has voted to wage war on teacher agencies and will set up a register from its own members for schools to choose from.

The issue was made a priority motion by the union's executive. Doug McAvoy, NUT general secretary, said he was concerned because a letter from the Education Secretary indicated that teachers can be employed by agencies and not necessarily by governing bodies or local education authorities.

He said teachers could then fall outside the definition of a teacher which would mean they would not be covered by the teachers' pay and conditions document for teachers' superannuation.

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