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

2019-01-29T18:12:29+00:00Flexible 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

2019-04-25T15:31:51+00:00Agencies, Local Authority Supply Pools, 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 [...]

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

2019-04-25T15:32:44+00:00Flexible Working, Local Authority Supply Pools, 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

2019-04-25T15:33:40+00:00Flexible Working, Local Authority Supply Pools, 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 [...]

The Slow Death of School Funding: 2 Ways to Survive Through Innovating Your Recruitment Strategies

2018-04-19T16:13:00+00:00Agencies, Behaviour Management, School Funding, Schools, Teachers|

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, [...]

When in Brum: How ResearchED is Changing Teaching

2018-04-16T16:09:05+00:00CPD, 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 [...]

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

2018-04-16T16:26:44+00:00Behaviour 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+00:00Recruitment, 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

2019-04-25T15:38:51+00:00Local Authority Supply Pools, 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 [...]

Should Schools Ban End Of Term Videos?

2018-04-16T16:38:57+00:00Schools, Teachers, Teaching|

Teachers always know when its close to Christmas. Even if they’ve somehow managed to avoid being carpet-bombed with seasonal adverts, they can sense the change in air pressure around school. The machine is slowly grinding to a halt, ready to power down for the holidays. In such a climate of school plays, Christmas jumper [...]