• 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

  • MATs dodge recruitment challenges by parachuting teachers into needy schools

    Multi-academy trusts are dodging the recruitment crisis by parachuting teachers into schools that would normally struggle to hire, a new study has found. The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) has today published its latest multi-academy trust (MAT) teacher retention research. The study, based on School Workforce Census data from 2010-15, found that movement of

    0.01 Jun. 27th, 2017 | News

  • Teachers leaving faster than ever - and 10 other school workforce findings

    The Department for Education has published the 2016 School Workforce Census figures this morning. Schools Week has the key findings:     1. Lowest teacher entry rate in five years The rate of qualified teachers entering the profession is at its lowest since 2011 (read more on that here). In 2016, 10.1 per cent of

    12.17 Jun. 22nd, 2017 | News

  • New redundancy tactics for schools faced with tough decisions

    Staff are going through interviews and graded assessments to decide who to make redundant, Schools Week has learnt. James Lynas, a partner at law firm Winckworth Sherwood, said a handful of schools are taking the new redundancy route to ensure that they keep the best-performing teachers. Teaching unions, however, say schools could be using the

    5.00 Apr. 11th, 2017 | News

  • Teacher recruitment and retention is all about talent management

    Teacher recruitment and retention is not a government problem – it’s schools that need to embrace new technologies and adopt a servant-manager mentality, says David Cobb The debates rage on about grammar schools, free schools and funding, but without dealing with teacher recruitment and retention, those policy debates are largely irrelevant. These are the facts:

    9.30 Apr. 4th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Disastrous' change in teaching training causes 7% drop in numbers

    The government’s “disastrous” changes to how universities and other teacher training providers offer places led to a 7 per cent drop last year in the number of applicants starting their courses. Recruitment controls prevented many initial teacher training (ITT) providers offering places – even though fewer graduates applied last year than the year before –

    5.00 Apr. 2nd, 2017 | News

  • Hundreds of schools use Uber-style apps to hire supply teachers

    Hundreds of schools are using apps to employ supply teachers in a bid to cut out crippling recruitment agency fees. But they should be “cautious” about using the online technology as its lack of face-to-face verification could lead to fake teachers heading into the classroom, say some union leaders. A Schools Week investigation has found

    5.00 Mar. 5th, 2017 | News

  • Two-year visa migrant teachers ease recruitment crisis

    Schools are increasingly opting to employ migrant teachers on strict two year-only visas. The government’s Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) published its “review of teachers” report last week calling for computer science, Mandarin and general science teachers to be added to the government’s official occupation shortage list – jobs where there are not enough resident workers

    5.00 Feb. 4th, 2017 | News

  • We need an education system that works for the whole of society

    Attainment is important for young people, but exams have to be seen in a wider context as part of an education that allows young people to flourish, says John Sentamu. Up and down the country, there are great examples of schools achieving fantastic results for some of the most disadvantaged pupils – results that give

    5.00 Feb. 2nd, 2017 | Opinion

  • Pilot 'Teach North' scheme to boost school performance, report demands

    The government needs to improve its teacher supply model and pilot a ‘Teach North’ training project to improve school performance in the north of England, a leading academies boss has urged. A review of the role of schools in the government’s ‘northern powerhouse’, by Dixons Academies chief executive Sir Nick Weller, has found that teacher effectiveness is

    16.57 Nov. 23rd, 2016 | News

  • Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL and TUC president

    Mary Bousted is sitting in her central London office near Trafalgar Square and quibbling with my first question. “It’s funny you say I’m strident, because that’s not how I feel. “It’s simply that it has always been apparent to me that the direction of travel set in train by Michael Gove would come unravelled. And

    5.00 Sep. 27th, 2016 | Features