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MARGARET HODGE MOVES TO REGULATE SUPPLY TEACHER AGENCIES

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Labour MP Margaret Hodge, writing in The Guardian (Education p4), explains why she is introducing a bill in the com...
Labour MP Margaret Hodge, writing in The Guardian (Education p4), explains why she is introducing a bill in the commons today to regulate supply teachers.

A recent department for education survey found that 4% of teachers in schools in London and the south east were supply teachers.

'New supply teacher agencies are springing up all over the place as people recognise what a lucrative market it is,' the MP writes. 'I could set up a supply teacher agency in my sitting room and trade legitimately.'

'Particularly worrying is the fact that there is no proper statutory framework to control and vet who works as a supply teacher. It's a dream for the cowboy operators and a nightmare for the rest of us.'
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