Increase in supply teaching to cover absences ‘hits learning’ in Wales

An increasing use of supply teachers to cover sickness absence is affecting pupils’ learning, two critical reports in Wales have warned. This is from the BBC

Reliance on temporary cover when teachers are absent means pupils are often given work which is not demanding, said the Wales Audit Office and watchdog Estyn.

They said secondary school pupils were worst affected by the issue.

The Welsh government said it will consider the findings of the reports.

The problem stems from teacher absence in Wales – with nearly 10% of lessons being covered by supply teachers.

On average, each teacher in Wales is absent for seven days a year in Wales, compared to 4.5 days in England.

Half of teacher absences were due to sickness, a fifth were due to teacher training and development and 10% were because of teachers attending meetings.

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Do you recognise this situation? I certainly get the impression that every time my children have a supply teacher they have a wasted lesson. Can anything be changed to get more out of lessons where supply teachers are being used (and why are teacher absences so much higher in Wales than in England?). Please share in the comments or on twitter… 

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  1. FionaTipper

    SchoolsImprove don’t the teachers have enough lessons preplanned that the supply teacher simply teaches the right content from their plan?

  2. ManchesterTeach

    FionaTipper SchoolsImprove There shouldn’t be any reason why #supplyteachers should be substandard! It’s not accepted from our #teachers

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