Worries over recruitment

At NAHT, the school leaders' union, we have announced the results of our annual schools recruitment survey.

Tuesday, 2nd January 2018, 8:00 am

And for the fourth year, the findings are a huge concern.

It seems that the Government is still failing to provide enough teachers for our growing school population.

The recruitment pipeline is leaking at both ends, with insufficient numbers of newly qualified teachers coming into the system and too many experienced teachers leaving the profession prematurely.

The survey highlights that eight out of 10 teaching vacancies were difficult to fill, and two-thirds of school leaders said that they were aware of some staff having left the teaching profession for reasons other than retirement.

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The top two reasons cited for teachers leaving were their workload and achieving a better work-life balance.

Anyone working in a school knows how rewarding it is to help young people learn and grow. On a good day, there’s no better profession to be in.

The trouble is that our teachers work longer hours for less money compared to their peers around the world.

The Government must make the changes necessary to ensure a workforce that can deliver the best education for all.

This should be the focus of all our attention – to attract and retain teachers, pay them properly, treat them well and respect their need for a proper work-life balance.

Nick Brook

Deputy General Secretary of NAHT