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An additional 47,000 secondary teachers will need to be recruited by 2024 in order to cope with an explosion in pupil numbers and a crisis in teacher recruitment. Data released by DfE in November 2018 showed the failure to recruit teachers across the board, including just 47% of trainees required being recruited in Physics and only a quarter in design and technology. This is in addition to an increasing failure to retain teachers, with Teacher Trapp reporting that only half of teachers think they will still be in their job in 10 years’ time.
This crisis in teacher recruitment and retainment prompted the government to issue the Strengthening qualified teacher status and career progression consultation in December 2017, which outlined a number of proposals to improve teacher training and recruitment. After a period of consultation, the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy was published in January 2019, strengthening the government’s commitment to improve teacher training and recruitment. This announced a number of new initiatives, including the introduction of a new Early Career Framework, a reform of the accountability system, plans to introduce more flexible working and new specialist qualifications to further careers outside of school leadership. The government announced it expected to contribute an additional £130million of funding a year to support the delivery of the Early Career Framework, which will be trialled by EEF from September 2019.
In addition this, new teaching apprenticeships were rolled out across the country in 2017, intended to explore alternative routes into teaching. In September 2018, this was further developed by the introduction of postgraduate teaching apprenticeships, which are a new school-led initial teacher training route into the profession. These apprenticeships will combine on the job training, designed to enhance practical knowledge and skills in the classroom, alongside being assessed against the Teachers’ Standards.
There has been increased emphasis on enhancing teacher training and recruitment in the North, with a new £12million fund announced in October 2018 as part of Opportunity North East intended to boost early career training for teachers. The North East will be the first region in England to trial more support for newly qualified teachers.
In light of these significant changes to the way in which teacher training will be carried out, it is imperative that senior school leaders and training providers are prepared to implement these changes and provide high quality and effective teacher training. The onus falls in schools and training providers to work together to tackle the growing teacher recruitment and retention crisis and ensure that pupils are receiving outstanding and specialist teaching.
This one day forum will provide participants with the opportunity to assess the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy, 2019, and discuss how to access the new funding. Participants with hear from leading policy figures on boosting early career training through the Opportunity North East, strengthening professional development opportunities and developing alternative routes into teaching. In addition, best practice case studies will share insights into effectively implementing postgraduate teaching apprenticeships, providing effective school led teacher training and working in partnership with the higher education sector to deliver effective teacher training.
Key speakers include:
• Andy Mellor, President, National Association for HeadTeachers
• Carl Ward, Board Member, Confederation of Schools
• Reuben Moore, Executive Director for Programme Development, Teach First
• Senior Representative, South Farnham School Education Trust.
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