Secondary schools across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin spent more than £2.2 million on supply teachers last year, new research suggests. For England the total figure was almost £300 million, which equates to spending of more than £100,000 per school, according to an analysis of Government figures by the TaxPayers’ Alliance. Schools in poorer areas are more likely to use supply teachers, the pressure group claimed. It said this suggesting that pupils most in need of stable teaching were not getting it. The report analysed figures on school spending, published last month. They show England’s state secondary schools, excluding academies, spent £293 million on supply teachers in 2009 to 2010. Schools in the Shropshire Council area paid a total of £1,269,703 while in Telford & Wrekin the figure was £1,029,907. The biggest spenders included Wrockwardine Wood Arts College —£230,923, Idsall School in Shifnal — £157,182 and Burton Borough, Newport — £140,134. Read more: http://www.shropshirestar.com/education/2011/02/25/secondary-schools-in-shropshire-spend-2-2m-on-supply-teachers/#ixzz1F5QwzeKdSupply teachers - another vulnerable group like housing benefit claimants- another target in the tories drive to privatise public services.