Unqualified librarians and support staff asked to give lessons amid teacher shortage

Unqualified librarians and support staff are being asked to give lessons as schools desperately attempt to plug teacher shortages without hiring expensive supply teachers, a survey shows.


Recruiting short term supply teachers to cover unfilled posts and short term absences is a major expense, with schools in England spending more than £800 million on supply staff in one year alone.


However, teaching unions have warned the trend for schools to cut corners by using unqualified support staff is “worrying”.


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