• Teacher transfer window: Why can't we fill our vacancies 365-days-a-year?

    The idiosyncratic “teacher transfer windows” model is failing schools and teachers. Notice periods for teachers should come into line with those of the private sector, says Frank Norris. The football transfer window, an agreed period of time when players can transfer from one club to another, has closed for another four months. These two artificial

    12.00 Sep. 11th, 2016 | Opinion

  • There’s more to worry about than grammars

    Spending the summer worrying about the return of grammar schools is like worrying the NHS is about to reintroduce frontal lobotomies. Lobotomies, like grammars, were a miracle cure of the 1940s. At their peak more than 1,000 people a year had metal spikes pushed into their skulls, swished around, and withdrawn, in the belief that

    8.29 Sep. 9th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Safeguarding compliance - has the education recruitment sector been lucky so far?

    The education sector spends millions, even billions (if you read some reports) per year on supply teachers and support staff. As this demand for teachers continues to grow, thousands of agency staff, often complete strangers are being sent into UK schools on a daily basis, writes David Boon. So it would stand to reason that

    5.00 Jul. 28th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Teacher training figures: School-led routes soar while bursary subjects produce least teachers

    The government’s favoured school-led teacher training routes accounted for nearly half of all trainees last year, figures released today have revealed. Initial teacher training statistics for 2014-15, released by the Department for Education (DfE) this morning, found school-led routes have the best pass rates, while subjects with large bursaries produce the lowest number of newly-qualified teachers, The statistics

    15.45 Jul. 28th, 2016 | News

  • School spend on re-advertising jobs soars

    Schools are being forced to spend “extortionate” amounts on re-advertising jobs that have not been filled the first time round – as the teacher shortage crisis takes its toll, figures obtained by the Labour Party have revealed. New figures released under the Freedom of Information (FOI) act to former shadow education secretary Lucy Powell reveal

    0.01 Jul. 26th, 2016 | News

  • How to answer the interview question: 'What are you reading?'

    Seven teachers, heads and trust chief executives let slip the interview answers they’d like to hear I have a shockingly poor attention span in interviews. If I’m going to have to see you every day, I need to get under your skin. Asking about hobbies sounds pervy, and I don’t want anyone to start talking about

    5.00 Jul. 16th, 2016 | Opinion

  • What are the big decisions Justine Greening must make as education secretary?

    A new education secretary, Justine Greening, has been appointed. So, what now? Natalie Perera describes what awaits at the department for education. History suggests that a new Education Secretary will almost certainly want to make her mark on the Department, the sector, and the profession. Each has come with their own unique agenda for reform;

    17.45 Jul. 14th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Who becomes a teacher? 7 surprising facts about teacher training applications

    Children of police officers, electricians and teachers are the most likely to train to become teachers – while people whose parents are judges, medical professionals and lawyers are the least likely, according to new data from UCAS released today. It is the second year the admissions service has provided detailed analysis which reveals the varying

    0.01 Jul. 13th, 2016 | News

  • Does teacher training need to be tougher to earn respect?

    “Rigorous” teacher training could change the perception that the profession is not “prestigious”, says a London teacher. Kris Boulton, deputy head of maths at King Solomon academy in north London, told a packed festival room that teachers needed to “earn the right” to be seen on the same level as other professions such as doctors,

    5.00 Jul. 7th, 2016 | News

  • Highest teacher leaving rate in a decade - and 6 other things we learned about the school workforce

    Record numbers of teachers are leaving the profession bolstering claims of a recruitment crisis, according to new figures released today by the Department for Education. While headline figures from the workforce census show there are an extra 2,000 teachers working in schools, further analysis highlights a worrying trend of teachers leaving the profession. Nearly one

    13.31 Jun. 30th, 2016 | News

  • A jobs board distracts from the teacher shortage

    Patrick Hayes is stumped by the government’s “slightly odd u-turn” on a national teaching website. It’s been tried before – and failed, he says  From the recently published white paper, Educational Excellence Everywhere, the Department for Education (DfE) seems to be labouring under the somewhat confused notion that the current teacher shortage can be addressed

    14.00 Apr. 24th, 2016 | Opinion