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 [...]

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 [...]

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

2018-04-19T16:13:00+00:00 Agencies, 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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Should Schools Ban End Of Term Videos?

2018-04-16T16:38:57+00:00 Schools, 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 [...]

Three Things Most People Don’t Grasp about Growth Mindset

2018-04-16T17:15:24+00:00 Teachers|

What do the collapse of Enron and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have in common? You might reasonably guess some nascent political or economic concept. But actually it’s a psychological one – they can both apparently be explained by a lack of growth mindset. Growth Mindset is a powerful idea; and its absolutely everywhere. Sports teams, Silicon [...]

Want to understand Teacher Recruitment? Speak to Professor John Howson

2017-09-20T15:41:17+00:00 Agencies, Schools, Teachers|

The recruitment crisis looms large over the whole profession of teaching. Most simply bemoan the situation; others choose to do something about it. Professor John Howson is probably the sagest example of an individual working to understand and reverse this current crisis. In an illustrious career spanning 40 years, Howson has played many parts. [...]

NQTs: 10 Tips for Smashing your Induction Year (Part 2)

2017-09-05T17:50:38+00:00 NQTs, Schools, Teachers, Teaching|

Part 2 of our survival guide for NQT's - take heed and prosper.   6 - Keep trying new things No doubt after the first few weeks the novelty of having your own classroom and teaching groups will begin to evaporate. No doubt your enthusiasm for crafting perfect lessons will follow suit and you’ll [...]