The Department for Education (DfE) and the Crown Commercial Service have worked together to develop a commercial framework for agency supply teachers to support schools to get value for money when recruiting supply teachers and other temporary staff.
The national deal, has been available for schools since September 2018 and aims to bring transparency to agency fees and requires agencies to adhere to standard levels of practice, including the use of temp-to-perm fees.
Agencies that have signed up to the service have agreed to guarantee to schools that they have completed all necessary checks on their workers, have the relevant accreditation in place, be transparent about the rates and mark-up they charge, and give schools the chance to avoid paying 'temp-to-perm' fees if they choose to employ someone full-time.
Schools are able to use the new database to find local agencies and review the percentage the agency charges on top of the charge for the worker before hiring a teacher or other member of staff.
Schools are able to find out in advance what an agency will charge if one of their workers is offered a permanent or fixed-term job. The agencies signed up to the service have all agreed to limit how much they charge in these circumstances, and they won't charge at all if the worker has been in post for more than 12 weeks and you give them four weeks' notice.
To support the national deal, the DfE has now launched an online version of the tool, that schools can use to:
- find a list of local agencies who can provide you with the supply teacher or other agency worker you need
- find an agency that can manage all your agency worker needs – a 'managed service provider'
- check the rates the agencies charge
- find out how much you'll be charged if you make an agency worker permanent
The teacher recruitment crisis has led to a growing role for supply agencies for permanent and temporary recruitment, leading to additional financial pressures on schools who are already struggling. Whilst this deal goes someway in alleviating the costs on schools from supply agencies, NAHT will continue to push for a cap on supply agency costs to secure best value for public funds.
NAHT continues to work closely with the Department on this and other work, aimed at improving the recruitment and retention crisis in schools.
You can find out further information about the database and support available here.
If you would like to provide any feedback to NAHT on the service, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Last updated23 January 2019