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Supply Teachers: Expenditure

Volume 467: debated on Monday 12 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the amount paid by schools in England to teacher supply agencies in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (162111)

The information requested is contained within the following table:

Expenditure on agency supply teachers1 by local authority maintained schools2 in England: 2002-03 to 2006-072,3


Agency supply teaching staff1,4 (E26)











1 Expenditure on agency supply teaching staff covers the cost paid to an agency for teaching staff that have been brought in to cover teacher absence. Includes cover of any period and for all reasons, including illness, absence for training, and any leave. This does not include expenditure on supply teachers who are employed directly by a school (and hence not employed via an agency).

2 Figures for 2002-03 exclude any expenditure by local authority maintained nursery schools as that was not collected in 2002-03. Expenditure local authority maintained nursery schools on agency supply teaching staff make up £0.5 million, £1.7 million, £2.2 million and £2.5 million of the respective totals for 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07.

3 Figures for 2006-07 is subject to change by the local authority.

4 Figures are rounded to the nearest £1,000.


1. Cash terms figures as reported by local authorities as at 7 November 2007.

2. Figures are drawn from local authorities Section 52 Outturn Statement (Table A line 28) submitted to the DCSF (formally DfES).