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 [...]

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 [...]

The Stress Epidemic: A Mission Statement

2018-04-16T16:22:16+00:00 Recruitment, Schools, Teacher Stress, Teachers|

As the festive season ebbs into distant memory, accompanied by all of its good cheer, people are once more ready to feel bad about things. Cue a slew of articles last week once more highlighting the stress epidemic gripping the profession. What’s new here? Not much, except that stress is spreading. Metastatic, its migrated to [...]

You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone – Retaining teachers as a solution to the Recruitment Crisis

2018-04-16T16:33:03+00:00 Recruitment, Schools, Senior Leadership, Supply Teachers, Teachers|

With both pupil numbers and demand for teachers set to rise in the near future, it will become increasingly important for school leaders not just to recruit, but to retain good staff. New models for better retention are required. The number of teachers joining the profession has roughly counterbalanced the number leaving it in recent [...]

Teacher Toolkit, We Stand With You.

2017-12-04T18:54:07+00:00 Agencies, Recruitment, Schools, Supply Teachers|

Over the weekend I was delighted to spy this brave blog post on Teacher Toolkit, the UK’s most followed education blog. Titled ‘Why Supply Agencies are the new ‘Del Boys’’, it is as forthright as it is faithful to the facts in summarising the current state of play in how agencies and schools interact. Numerous issues in this dynamic [...]

MATs Summit 2017 – Collaborate, Innovate, Accelerate

2018-05-30T13:10:00+00:00 Recruitment, Schools, Teaching|

Teacher Booker were pleased to attend the recent 2017 MATs Summit, and delighted at the overwhelmingly positive response to our vision and approach to changing the landscape of educational recruitment. Marooned by a placid lake in the Cotswolds, the 200 strong delegation featured MAT CEOs, business managers and head teachers alongside industry experts from [...]

EdTech – Probing beyond the Portmanteau

2017-09-08T17:48:06+00:00 Agencies, Recruitment, Schools, Supply Teachers|

  Technology is a divisive subject among teachers. Some are ardent acolytes, fully persuaded of its ability to change the educational landscape, introducing students to new experiences and dissolving the orthodox approach to schooling that remains dominant in Anglo-American schools. Others are deeply sceptical, sensing a fad in full flow – tech will never [...]

How can we change the status quo together?

2017-08-16T12:32:33+00:00 Agencies, Recruitment, Schools, Supply Teachers|

The education recruitment crisis has been on everyone’s mind for some time. Blame for it is loudly thrown around in all directions with the unions and the government blaming agencies, schools blaming the government and agencies, and agencies and the government blaming schools. All this noise is unhelpful if we’re really looking for solutions. Pressure on school funding is applied from the top down. The [...]

5 reasons why education recruitment is broken and how to fix it

2017-08-16T12:32:34+00:00 Recruitment, Schools, Supply Teachers|

What keeps a professional relationship healthy? Much the same as a personal one, as it turns out. But in a crisis, desperation can cause us to forget our values in favour of ‘sticking plaster’ solutions. For maximum benefit for pupils, relationships between schools and teachers ought to embody certain core characteristics. They should be: 1. [...]