ALMOST £2.5 million has been spent on supply teachers by Denbighshire Council in the last school year raising concerns that education standards could fall.
More than 5,000 sick days were taken by teachers in the county, which landed the authority with a £400,000 bill during the school year 2012-13.
In September, a report on teacher absences by school inspectorate Estyn and the Wales Audit Office, said children’s education will suffer because of temporary cover in schools.
A Freedom of Information request made by the Free Press, revealed that the council spent £2, 477,306 on supply teachers in one school year, amounting to more than £13 million since 2008-09.
The number of teacher’s sick days has dropped from 5,416 in 2011-12 to 5,180 in 2012-13, saving £81,376 but due to an increase in supply teachers being used rather than filling vacancies it’s cost the county an extra £287,638.
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