• Hinds defends extension of trainee teacher bursaries to more 2:2 graduates

    The education secretary Damian Hinds has defended a move to relax the eligibility criteria for government teacher training bursaries, and admitted he’s looking at the “simplicity” of routes into the profession to encourage more graduates to join. The Department for Education announced on Thursday that bursaries for graduates training to be music, history, design and

    5.00 Sep. 29th, 2018 | News

  • A 'marginal gains' approach to teacher recruitment is not enough

    Short-term tinkering after a decade of disruption will not reverse dwindling numbers, warns David Spendlove. The government needs to think hard about why the profession is becoming less appealing The recently published School Workforce in England data for 2017 showed a continuation in the downward trend, with 5,300 (1.2 per cent) fewer teachers than the

    5.00 Jul. 16th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Teacher supply agency fees are justified

    Teacher recruitment agencies play a vital role in short-notice school staffing, argues Samantha Hurley, who says they deserve to charge for the service Headteachers have the freedom to recruit directly should they wish to. However, the reality is that many rely on the skills, experience and networks of professional recruiters to ensure that classes have

    5.00 May. 5th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Funding rules prevent MATs from building affordable homes for teachers

    School leaders want to offer teachers accommodation to help solve the recruitment crisis, but, as ever, finding the money is too hard. Over the last six months The Harris Federation, one of the country’s largest multi-academy trusts, which runs 44 schools in London, has been working on a project to build up to 100 homes

    5.00 Apr. 28th, 2018 | News

  • Fixing the madness of the teacher transfer window

    Welcome to recruitment silly season! It is the time of year when everyone wanting to move schools has to do so quickly, because resigning after the end of May means there’s no further option for change in 2018, and where headteachers crumble after months-long negotiations to keep a valuable staff member in their job falls

    10.33 Apr. 13th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Five ways the DfE has damaged teacher recruitment

    Teacher training has always been too important to dabble with, as the implications of not getting the very best teachers in front of children in schools will affect the future of our country and society, explains Professor David Spendlove We should all be seriously concerned about the Department for Education’s two recent communications on initial

    14.40 Feb. 12th, 2018 | Opinion

  • School's success not possible without young staff, says head

    Having “very young members of staff” who are prepared to implement a new system of behaviour management has been crucial to a new school’s success. Peter Lee (pictured), the head at Q3 Academy Langley, an academy outside Birmingham, said his young staff were willing to employ methods drawn from other academies and free schools, which

    5.00 Dec. 10th, 2017 | News

  • NAHT: Senior leader recruitment getting even worse

    Schools are increasingly struggling to recruit senior leaders, with the proportion of heads failing to hire a new assistant head or principal almost double what it was last year. The NAHT union’s annual recruitment survey has found that 19 per cent of leaders failed to fill one of these vacancies this year, up from 10

    0.01 Nov. 24th, 2017 | News

  • Why we need more men to become primary teachers

    On International Men’s Day, Ryan Stevens argues that we should be doing more to recruit more men into primary teaching As a 24-year-old Primary NQT, there is one thing that separates me from the vast majority of my colleagues: I’m a man. As of the last academic year, 85% of teachers working in primary and

    5.00 Nov. 19th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Government investigates recruitment agency cold calls to teachers

    Teachers are being targeted by “unprofessional” cold calls from recruitment agencies during school hours – and the government has vowed to investigate some of the firms responsible. The schools minister Nick Gibb said his department will “explore” the concerns raised by schools about the behaviour of some agencies, after a Conservative MP raised the issue

    5.00 Nov. 6th, 2017 | News

  • Academisation makes it harder for local schools to work together

    Changes to governance and organisation structures are starting to make it more challenging for schools to work collaboratively, says Anna Hennell James. In Ipswich, where I work, we have a cluster of local schools made up of two high schools and seven feeder primaries. Schools in the area have historically worked around school-based “pyramids”, which

    5.00 Oct. 4th, 2017 | Opinion