Cost of supply teachers

SCHOOLS struggling to cope with children from deprived areas of Calderdale are spending three times more than average on temporary teachers.

The huge gap in spending on secondary supply staff has been revealed by the Government for the first time.

Halifax High School, at Wellesley Park, spent £307 per pupil in 2009/10 compared to only £40 at North Halifax Grammar.

The Calderdale average was £115 compared with the national average of £99.

According to the TaxPayers’ Alliance, the figures suggest that pupils from deprived area, who need stable teaching the most, simply don’t get it.

“Supply teachers are essential to ensure schools can cope with staff on sick or maternity leave and there is no suggestion they are not committed and talented.

“But they tend to provide a less stable learning environment which can be particularly difficult for children already struggling for other reasons,” according to alliance researcher Simon Cook.

At Halifax High, 36 per cent of pupils received free school meals and nearly 10 per cent of the teaching budget was spent on supply staff – £244,000.

At Park Lane Learning Trust, 43 per cent of pupils got free meals and £101,709 went on supply teachers – £197 per pupil.

North Halifax Grammar had only one child on free meals and it spent £44,753 on supply teachers – £40 per pupil.

l The cost per pupil of supply teachers: Halifax High £307, Park Lane Learning Trust £197, St Catherine’s Catholic High £195, Trinity Academy £146, Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High £140, Calder High £102, Rastrick High £96, Crossley Heath £89, Sowerby Bridge High £86, Brighouse High £57, Ryburn Valley High £55, Brooksbank £46, Todmorden High £42; North Halifax Grammar £40.