Inspectors to ask for better use of supply

13th December 2002 at 00:00
SCHOOLS often fail to give supply teachers important information and make little use of their work with pupils, inspectors are due to say next week.

The Office for Standards in Education has examined how schools use supply staff and discovered that while many provide them with detailed briefings, others are failing to do so.

Supply agencies complain that their staff are often not given crucial information about pupils, or about schools' procedures for accidents or bad behaviour.

Marcia Roberts, a spokeswoman for the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, which represents 128 supply agencies, said: "We do not think the Government should be prescriptive, but schools should know what best practice is."

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