"For far too long teachers have had to endure real-terms pay cuts."
"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
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
Please find for your interest, details of research reports released in the last week.
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.
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?
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."
"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"
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
"As this Save the Children report proves, nursery schools achieve their fantastic results by employing more highly qualified staff"
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.
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.
Schools need to give teachers more support and overhaul their recruitment processes, new research by Randstad Education suggests
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Education Select Committee has announced it will investigate the supply of teachers in England.
Employers plan to recruit more apprentices and school-leavers, claims the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
It feels great to be told we are brilliant, and it makes us more successful.
As every teacher will tell you, the start of a new school year brings with it a tangible sense of new beginnings.
Newly appointed middle leaders could benefit from some tailored training in their new roles, according to a new research project.
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