Recruitment & Retention Crisis… What would you do if you were the Education Secretary?

Last week this was reported in TES Drop in teachers ‘a threat to education’.

Below is the gist of the article:

  • The overall number of full-time equivalent teachers fell by 1.2 per cent, from 457,200 in 2016 to 451,900 in 2017.
  • In 2017, the 42,430 new entrants to teaching in state-funded schools were outnumbered by the 42,830 FTE qualified teachers who left teaching.

Is this a problem?

  • There are more teachers leaving than entering the profession.
  • The number of pupils in our schools is set to rise by about 500,000 over the next five or six years…
  • Heads said the figures showed there was a “serious threat to educational standards”.

Many a time the people who talk about solutions for the recruitment and retention crisis are not in the classroom but are policy makers and SLT in schools who do very little teaching.

So, who better then teachers to come up with solutions to the recruitment and retention crisis. Below are the valuable opinions of teachers who have shared their opinion on the solution to the crisis in a recent online survey…

  • Treat teachers professionally. Dismiss at least half of OFSTED inspectors.
  • Dismiss two third of the DfE.
  • Remove political interference from education.
  • Make it a priority to reduce the paper work in teaching by three quarters, holding SLT responsible for this (a target in their Professional Development).
  • Reduce class sizes.
  • For God’s sake make it a cherished profession.
  • Make it a profession people want to enter into.
  • Like midwifery, nursing, social care workers, emergency personnel… make it a worthy, cherished and respected profession.
  • Make education a national priority and fund it properly.
  • Pay more, especially to those teachers living in London… that’s where the crisis is, so deal with that first by putting salary up for people wanting to work as teachers.
  • More PPA time and money for extra staff to get a better work life balance.
  • I would suggest by the number of courses shutting at some of the most popular teaching Universities in the country, that this is a national issue. Need to attract more graduates to teaching as at present people are not attracted by teaching.
  • Cut teaching classroom contact time to 50% of working week. Allowing quality time for prep, assessing and CPD
  • Reinstate the national pay scales and look at time budget so less time spent in meetings
  • Stop treating teachers like they are worthless. PPA % needs to be increased. There’s no way to plan and mark for an hour lesson in 6 minutes. Teachers need to be valued and respected
  • There so many older and experienced teachers that the vast majority of schools adamantly refuse to employ because they are expensive. Schools don’t employ them due to the reduction in funding. Therefore, give more money to schools and employ them to solve the recruitment crisis.

Questions to ask yourself…

  • If you decide to stay in the profession what are you going to do to make a change occur or are you going to put up with it?
  • If you decide to leave the profession have you got an exit plan?

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