Government publishes response to report on recruitment and retention of teachers
May 11, 2017
In February the House of Commons Education Select Committee published its report on the retention and recruitment of teachers. The report stated that the “number of different routes into teaching are not always understood by applicants and can be confusing”. The Department for Education (DfE) has responded by saying it has been “working to improve the support available”, aiming to make the application process more straightforward, while also emphasising the extent of existing support that applicants can access.
The report also called for the government to pursue its plan of launching a “national vacancy website which would be free to schools”. The department confirmed that it plans to produce information and guidance, including case studies, which will assist schools with advertising jobs at low cost, as well as develop “common standards for vacancy adverts and application forms”. The government agreed to create a vacancy website, “if there is sufficient benefit” in doing so. The completion of exit interviews was another key ask by the committee; the department said it “would welcome the contribution that this would make to help understand why teachers leave the profession”.
The TES/NGA annual survey 2016 found that 35% of governors and trustees found it difficult to attract good candidates when recruiting a headteacher. This increased to 42% for senior staff posts and 50% for teaching posts (up from 38% in 2015).
School governing boards have a duty of care to their employees and should ensure their health, safety and wellbeing at work. This should include measures to prevent staff from working excessive hours and consulting employees on issues that concern them. To read the full government response to the committee’s report please click here.