HC Deb 09 November 1989 vol 159 c738W
Mrs. Fyfe

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what proposals he has to encourage an increase in the number of supply teachers.

Mr. Alan Howarth

Our education support grant programme to assist teacher recruitment urges local education authorities to encourage flexible working practices, including part-time working. This should stimulate the employment of supply teachers. However, the employment and deployment of teachers is a matter for local education authorities and schools. It is for them to decide how many supply teachers to appoint. They also have discretion to pay teacher on short-notice contracts at rates they consider appropriate in order to recruit and retain the teachers they need.

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