Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders' union NAHT said: "We've been concerned for some time that the additional costs that schools are facing are going up and up without any sign of addition funding. One solution is to bring some of those costs down, although this alone will not solve the school funding crisis.
"We welcome Labour's proposals for a substitute teacher register because schools are having to spend far too much of the already stretched budgets on supply teachers. Any reliable system for school leaders to use to bring costs down, will be music to their ears. It must be reliable though, and ensure the right safeguarding checks are carried out as even though supply agency fees can be high, many schools depend on these agencies to get them teachers fit to work with pupils. "What's also important is the need to address the reasons that drive recruitment problems for schools. Teachers in this country work some of the longest hours and operate under some of the heaviest accountability measures of any teachers in the world. Their pay has been depressed for nearly a decade, and only a very few of them will see the 3.5% pay increase that the government has offered this year. Addressing these fundamental inequalities needs to be a priority for the current government."
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