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.
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
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.
"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" [...]
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
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 [...]
Introduction Outrage at public sector cuts is now so routine, that it’s hard to feel any authentic anger towards the government. But ire, in this instance, is appropriate. With school funding set to remain flat for the next two years despite inflation, schools are fated to have to make their own cuts – most worryingly, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]