About Baz Ramaiah

Baz works in teacher success and outreach at Teacher Booker. He is an experienced secondary school teacher and MPhil student in Psychology.

The Government Recruitment and Retention Strategy for Teachers: Seven Key Observations

2019-01-29T18:12:29+00:00 Flexible Working, Recruitment, Schools, Teachers|

Introduction The DfE’s long-awaited ‘Recruitment and Retention Strategy’ was released today and, as you might expect, there is plenty to discuss and dissect. Broadly, we echo the enthusiasm of other pundits and industry leaders. The Recruitment and Retention Strategy (RRS) is bold, well-informed and could rewrite the fundamentals of how the teaching workforce is organised. [...]

How to save a lot of money on long-term agency staff – and pay teachers more

2019-01-16T17:31:16+00:00 Agencies, Recruitment, School Funding, Schools|

The Challenge Many schools use agency staff on a long-term basis. In fact, some agency staff can work in schools for years and still be 'on the agency's books'. This incurs a massive accumulation of cost that's crippling school budgets and hurting teachers – but it's been the price of having off-payroll staff for years. [...]

Flexible Working for Teachers – what we learned from LKMco, WomenEd, Flexible Teacher Talent and other experts.

2018-11-16T16:15:39+00:00 Flexible Working, Schools, Senior Leadership, Uncategorized|

When it comes to hosting events, LKMco are known for two things: exciting salons of solutions-oriented thinking and stellar spreads of food and drink. Last night’s event, titled “Flexible Working: How can we take the force out of the teacher workforce?” was no exception. Teacher Booker were delighted to attend and participate in a wide-ranging [...]

The ‘Part-Time Teaching’ Panacea: Problems and Prospects of a cure for the recruitment and retention crisis

2018-11-13T18:26:15+00:00 Flexible Working, Schools, Teachers|

The past year has been filled with several calls for schools to offer more opportunities for part-time and flexible work to teachers. The reasons are straightforward: Teaching is gripped by a recruitment and retention crisis, both at the national and local scale. More teachers are leaving the classroom – and often the education sector entirely – than [...]

Labour Party call for an alternative to education recruitment agencies. Teacher Booker is that alternative.

2018-09-25T17:29:54+00:00 Agencies, Recruitment, School Funding|

"At a time when our schools have to ask parents to give extra money for books and classroom essentials, it’s crazy we’re spending half a billion pounds a year just on agency fees. That money should be spent on teachers and the badly needed resources our children need to get a world class education"  [...]

What’s the Best Gift You Can Get Your Teacher? The Answer is Surprisingly Cheap…

2018-06-22T15:02:34+00:00 Teachers, Wellbeing|

Hold tight, teachers. The blissful freefall of summer holidays is only just around the corner. Only a few weeks until it’s the season of late nights, lie-ins and low-key lounging. But for many, this time of year can be a little bittersweet. Because cometh the end of the year, cometh a parting of ways for [...]

5 Ways Schools can Improve Staff Recruitment and Retention through making Teachers’ Wellbeing a Priority

2018-05-30T13:09:25+00:00 Recruitment, Teacher Stress, Wellbeing|

Introduction With high stress levels fuelling the recruitment and retention crisis, schools need to prioritise maximising teachers' wellbeing. Five tips presented here, with input from educational consultant and wellbeing advocate Therese Hoyle, encourage schools to empower their staff, celebrate their achievements (no matter how small) and dissolve the barriers to open discussions about mental health [...]

When in Brum: How ResearchED is Changing Teaching

2018-04-16T16:09:05+00:00 CPD, Educational Research, Schools|

Let me start with a confession: for the past few years, I’ve felt like something of a fraud. In spite of my open endorsement of teachers becoming better informed about educational research, I’d never attended a ResearchED event. Sandbagged with shame I decided enough was enough and made the pilgrimage up north to Birmingham for [...]

An Educator for All Seasons: Are we expecting too much from our teachers?

2018-04-16T16:18:16+00:00 CPD, Recruitment, Teacher Stress, Teachers|

Part way through writing this week's chapter of our anthology on teacher stress, I came across a  post on the Derby University blog that expressed all I had in mind - except with more insight and erudition than I can quite manage. So with their permission, we have a guest post from Dr Sarah Charles and [...]

Breaking the Silence on Behaviour – The Real Reason for Teacher Stress

2018-04-16T16:26:44+00:00 Behaviour Management, CPD, NQTs, Recruitment, Schools, Teacher Stress|

Every time stress in teaching comes up in the press, the same claims about causes are fired off: Workload – rigorous marking policies, the relentless need to document all decisions, differentiate for all learners in planning as well as endless data entry Correspondingly long working hours, much of which is unpaid Greatly increased top-down pressure [...]