The 1 per cent pay cap has got to go, says NAHT Edge

The 1 per cent pay cap has got to go, says NAHT Edge

NAHT Edge Director, James Bowen comments on the release of the STRB report on teachers' pay

"For far too long teachers have had to endure real-terms pay cuts."

11 July 2017/Number of views (1136)/Comments (0)/
Categories: News Management
A long term plan is needed to address the recruitment and retention crisis

A long term plan is needed to address the recruitment and retention crisis

NAHT Edge response to the Education Committee's report on recruitment and retention

"The committee is right to say the government does not have a long term plan. When missing recruitment targets, there is no drive to include shortfalls in subsequent targets", says director of Edge James Bowen  

21 February 2017/Number of views (2343)/Comments (0)/
Government needs to get the basics right on recruitment

Government needs to get the basics right on recruitment

National Teaching Service will be scrapped

Until the government are prepared to address the real fundamental issues including teacher pay and workload these schemes are unlikely to have the desired impact

02 December 2016/Number of views (2421)/Comments (0)/
Research round-up 29 November 2016

Research round-up 29 November 2016

A summary of research findings from the last week

Please find for your interest, details of research reports released in the last week.

29 November 2016/Number of views (2681)/Comments (0)/
Categories: News Management
Infographic: Recruitment Survey 2016

Infographic: Recruitment Survey 2016

Key findings reveal the true extent of the ongoing teacher recruitment crisis

NAHT and NAHT edge's thrid annual recruitment survey records school leaders' struggle to recruit teachers and senior leaders. Overall a massive 79% of posts were difficult to recruit to; 62% recruited were filled with a struggle; and respondents were unable to recruit at all to an average of 17% of posts.

22 November 2016/Number of views (2784)/Comments (0)/
Categories: News Management
Recruitment, retention and middle leaders

Recruitment, retention and middle leaders

Why are schools finding that there is a shortage of middle leaders?

In the short term a dedicated middle leader can make sacrifices, willing to take on more because they are not only ambitious for themselves but committed to high quality education for pupils within their school. But is this sustainable asks Lara Ginn? 

21 November 2016/Number of views (4270)/Comments (0)/
Categories: Blogs
Annual recruitment survey shows growing problem with teachers leaving the profession

Annual recruitment survey shows growing problem with teachers leaving the profession

The data reveals that recruitment in schools has been in crisis for three years

James Bowen, director of NAHT Edge, said: “The difficulty school leaders are having recruiting middle and senior leadership roles is worrying and has significant consequences for the future if not addressed. Now more than ever we need teachers to be stepping up to leadership positions in schools, but instead too many are leaving as the long hours, weekend working, high pressure and low pay gets too much."

18 November 2016/Number of views (3448)/Comments (0)/
Research round-up 16 November 2016

Research round-up 16 November 2016

A summary of research findings from the last week

Please find for your interest, details of research reports released in the last week.

16 November 2016/Number of views (2835)/Comments (0)/
Categories: News Management
High stakes accountability causing a crisis in school leadership, says NAHT Edge

High stakes accountability causing a crisis in school leadership, says NAHT Edge

"The government’s obsession with high stakes accountability has created a negative climate for school leaders – a culture of fear where you are only as good as your last set of results"

11 November 2016/Number of views (2639)/Comments (0)/
Government statistics show worrying decline in education spending, says NAHT

Government statistics show worrying decline in education spending, says NAHT

Government must use the Autumn Statement to invest in education

Middle leaders often feel the pressures when schools fail to recruit; stepping in to cover subjects outside their specialism, struggling to deliver the curriculum for their subject, or having to give up leadership time in order to cover lessons, warns James Bowen 

10 November 2016/Number of views (2932)/Comments (0)/
NAHT and NAHT Edge support call for increased funding for early years

NAHT and NAHT Edge support call for increased funding for early years

Responding to Save the Children report into nursery teachers

"As this Save the Children report proves, nursery schools achieve their fantastic results by employing more highly qualified staff"

01 November 2016/Number of views (5220)/Comments (0)/
Research round-up

Research round-up

Reports on action needed for the digital skills crisis and how the 30 hours’ free childcare offer is at risk

MPs are calling for urgent changes to the education system to avoid a digital skills crisis in the UK that’s costing the economy £63 billion a year.

28 June 2016/Number of views (4332)/Comments (0)/
Categories: News Classroom
Public Accounts Committee publishes report on training new teachers

Public Accounts Committee publishes report on training new teachers

MPs report confirms NAHT’s concerns about teacher recruitment

The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has published a report on training new teachers. Among its findings, the report notes that the Department for Education has fallen short of its target to fill teacher training places and vacancies in state-funded schools more than doubled between 2011 and 2014. 

14 June 2016/Number of views (4678)/Comments (0)/
Categories: News Management
Research round-up

Research round-up

Reports on how exam stress is one of the factors linked to teen suicide and schools could address the recruitment crisis

Schools need to give teachers more support and overhaul their recruitment processes, new research by Randstad Education suggests

07 June 2016/Number of views (4846)/Comments (0)/
Categories: News Classroom
The White Paper

The White Paper

What does it mean for middle leaders?

The issue of universal academisation has understandably dominated coverage of the government’s recent White Paper. However, there’s a lot more to the paper than just this one issue. Measures to tackle geographical inconsistencies in the quality of schools, further reforms to Ofsted inspections and changes to how teachers gain qualified teacher status are just a few of the other areas that are covered.

03 May 2016/Number of views (5187)/Comments (0)/
Research round-up

Research round-up

Reports on how a perfect storm sees the recruitment crisis worsen and the future for examining

Despite spending £700 million a year on enlisting and training new teachers, the government has failed to meet its recruitment targets for the last four years, a critical report from the National Audit Office has revealed. 

16 February 2016/Number of views (6146)/Comments (0)/
Categories: News Employment
Research round-up

Research round-up

Reports on the achievements of young people at the end of key stage four in England and how there’s an “insufficient supply” of senior leaders willing to become head teachers

The percentage of disadvantaged white British boys achieving the expected standard at key stage four lags behind the national average for poorer children, performance statistics published by the Department for Education have revealed.

02 February 2016/Number of views (5170)/Comments (0)/
Categories: News Classroom
NAHT Edge newsletter (issue 53)

NAHT Edge newsletter (issue 53)

Weekly newsletter round-up from NAHT Edge

In this issue of your news round-up we look at the latest guidance on school transport, how the Education Secretary’s suggestion to allow anyone to choose to move from the Upper to the Main Pay Range is a real risk and how to get your students to become engaged in the democratic process.

15 December 2015/Number of views (4559)/Comments (0)/
Categories: Newsletter
Ministers to explore whether England is facing a teacher supply ‘crisis’ or ‘challenge’

Ministers to explore whether England is facing a teacher supply ‘crisis’ or ‘challenge’

Enquiry looking at the ‘root causes’ of the current situation

The Education Select Committee has announced it will investigate the supply of teachers in England.

22 October 2015/Number of views (8022)/Comments (0)/
Categories: News Employment
Employers in the UK are ‘turning to young talent to fill their skills gaps’

Employers in the UK are ‘turning to young talent to fill their skills gaps’

Good news for young people entering the job market

Employers plan to recruit more apprentices and school-leavers, claims the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

27 August 2015/Number of views (8056)/Comments (0)/
Categories: News Employment
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How praise can lead to self-doubt – and what to do about it

It feels great to be told we are brilliant, and it makes us more successful.

Jackie Beere

The year ahead

As every teacher will tell you, the start of a new school year brings with it a tangible sense of new beginnings.

James Bowen

New middle leaders: what issues do they face and what training would help?

Newly appointed middle leaders could benefit from some tailored training in their new roles, according to a new research project.

Susan Young