APSCo’s Compliance+ for Education accreditation is one of just three industry standard certificates to be recognised by Crown Commercial Service’s Supply Teacher framework, which went out to tender last week.
Organisations which are bidding to provide temporary and fixed term teaching and non-teaching roles through each of the three lots (Direct Provision, Master Vendor and Neutral Vendor) must hold an industry standard certificate from an approved accreditation body, such as APSCo’s Compliance+.
The agreement will cover the provision of all temporary and fixed term teaching and non-teaching roles, ranging from unqualified teaching assistants, cover supervisors, and supply teachers, up to head teacher and leadership roles. Suppliers that do not currently hold such a certificate can be awarded a place on the agreement, but will not be classed as a framework supplier – or be capable of supplying under the agreement – until the accreditation is confirmed.
Samantha Hurley, Director of Operations at APSCo, commented:
“APSCo developed its Compliance+ accreditation to provide an uncompromising quality benchmark for the education sector. As such, we are delighted that it has been recognised as one of the certificated standards that firms must hold in order to supply through the framework agreement for the provision of supply teachers to the public sector.
“The launch of this framework is reflective of a wider trend towards improving quality and reducing costs. Whilst the CCS’s new framework is not mandatory, the DfE will be actively encouraging schools to utilise it. Compliance+ accreditation compels members to go beyond statutory safeguarding standards and aim for excellence in competency selection and service quality. Education recruiters that do not already hold a certificate from an accredited body should consider the benefits of Compliance+ accreditation to not only gain access to the new staffing framework, but also to promote the fact that they uphold the highest possible standards in education recruitment.”