Last week, the Department for Education (DfE) announced the launch of a teacher recruitment website allowing schools to advertise vacancies and recruit staff for free. The website will include part-time and job share roles and it is intended that the new service will help schools save money by avoiding excessive advertising fees, which have cost schools up to £75 million a year. In addition, a nationwide deal for headteachers will commence in September 2018, which will give schools a list of supply agencies that do not charge fees when schools make supply staff permanent after 12 weeks.
Commenting on the new service, secretary of state Damian Hinds said: “Every pound that’s spent on excessive agency fees, or on advertising jobs, is a pound that I want to help schools spend on what really matters: making sure every child, whatever their background, is inspired to learn and to reach their potential.”
The DfE confirmed that the website will be piloted in Cambridgeshire and the North East and shall be rolled out nationally by the end of the year.