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Covering teachers’ absence 


We published a report on covering teachers’ absence in 2013 and looked at how often teachers were absent, the cost of covering their absence and the impact of absence on pupils. We made some recommendations for the Welsh Government and councils.  

Since then, more recommendations have been made by the National Assembly for Wales’ Public Accounts Committee and by the Children, Young People and Education Committee. Estyn - the education and training Inspectorate for Wales – have also looked at covering teachers’ absence in primary schools. The Welsh Government has issued guidance and started some initiatives to help all schools manage teachers’ absence and improve training and support for supply teachers.

How to get involved:

The Auditor General is looking at this topic again to see if the management of teachers’ absence from the classroom has improved since 2013.

Do you have experience or information about covering teachers’ absence in Wales? We would like to hear from you.

Please take our short survey [opens in new window]. The deadline for responses is Friday 14 February 2020.

About the survey:

The purpose of this survey is to gather views about covering teachers’ absence in connection with follow up work to see if the management of teachers’ absence from the classroom has improved since our 2013 report on covering teachers’ absence. 

We are not asking for your name or address, but it is possible that we may collect personal information about you if you give information about yourself and data protection laws require that we treat your information fairly and tell you about this in our Fair Processing Notice.

The information that we share and publish will be anonymous (and may include anonymous quotes from the survey responses) and will be about the themes and trends that we identify.

If you would like further information about this work or how we will deal with your information, please email