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Schools in England spend £821m on supply teachers in a year

Primary and secondary schools in England struggling to recruit teachers spent £821m on supply staff last year, it has emerged.

Analysis by BBC News shows the equivalent of £168 was spent on each child in order to hire in extra staff to cover vacancies and absences.

Teachers unions say the amount of money spent reflects a "serious teacher recruitment and retention crisis".

David Rhodes reports.

  • 17 May 2016
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