Council spends more than £1.5m on supply teachers in a year
3:00pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
MORE than £1.5m has been spent on supply cover in Pembrokeshire schools over the last year.
The figure came to light during a full council meeting on October 17, following questions put to the leader by Cllr Tessa Hodgson.
Cabinet member for education Cllr Ken Rowlands said £1,546,187 had been spent on supply cover.
It also emerged that during the last academic year, some 7,334 days were lost to teacher absence through sickness.
The figure for courses and training was 2,183 days, with a similar number for attending meetings.
Cllr Hodgson asked what steps were being taken to address teacher absences, to which Cllr Rowlands said the council was committed to ensuring children were educated by those appointed to teach them.
“We continue to do everything we can to ensure that position,” he added.
Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Hodgson told the Western Telegraph: “These [figures] are much lower than those that regularly come up during governors meetings especially the figures for training.”
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