AMs call for supply teaching improvements

Assembly Members on the Public Accounts Committee have called on the Welsh Government to make a series of changes, to ensure pupils' learning does not suffer when they are being taught by supply teachers.

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Call for action to improve supply teaching

Action is needed to make sure children's education does not suffer when teachers are absent, according to a committee of Assembly Members.

The Public Accounts Committee said it was "surprised at a lack of evaluation carried out when supply teachers cover absences as it makes it difficult to determine what impact that has on education standards."

Assembly Members have called for more support for, and monitoring of, supply teachers. Credit: PA

In its report published today, it has made 14 recommendations to the Welsh Government - including that more detailed information should be collected on supply lessons and there should be more support for supply staff.

The Welsh Government has said it will consider the report, and respond in due course.

Last September, reports from the education watchdog Estyn and the Wales Audit Office warned that nearly one in ten lessons in Wales were being covered by staff who were not the usual class teacher, and that children were making little progress in those lessons.

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