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Comment – Recruiters’ Quality Mark scheme not “fit for purpose”

23 January 2013

The UK Department for Education (DfE) announced this week that it does not intend to continue the Quality Mark scheme which awards recruiters with a certification mark if they meet high standards when providing supply teachers to schools in the country.

Responding to the news, the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) said the scheme was no longer “fit for purpose”. Chief executive, Ann Swain, comments:

“We felt very strongly that the mark, having had little updating since 2002, was no longer fit for purpose. While it did an excellent job when it was first developed, it has not kept pace with the enormous changes in the education sector over the last decade.

“It is important for education recruiters to fully understand the key drivers behind the decision to no longer support the accreditation, so that the value of any future initiative can be defined for recruiters, clients and candidates. Education recruiters have long felt that the effort and cost in attaining and retaining the Quality Mark has been outweighed by the lack of support from the DfE.

“Any new accreditation must be fully supported and adopted by all stakeholders within the education sector if it is to be a bench mark that creates a true barrier to entry for non-compliant education recruiters.”

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