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Gibbs or Wilshaw, place your vote

Discussion in 'Education news' started by MrMedia, Dec 1, 2015.


Recruitment and Retention Crisis or Not?

  1. Nick (there is no shortage of qualified teachers) Gibbs:

  2. Michael (there is a recruitment and retention crisis) Wilshaw:

  3. But the reason they are all heading for the indy sector, international schools, etc is YOU Michael!

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. MrMedia

    MrMedia Star commenter

    Nick (there is no shortage of qualified teachers) Gibbs:

    Mr Gibb replied: "First of all, the doom-mongering notion that he is citing is wrong: 87 per cent of those who qualified in 2013 were still teaching a year later; 72 per cent of teachers who qualified in 2009 are still teaching five years later.

    "You should stop talking down what is a very popular profession in this country.

    Michael (there is a recruitment and retention crisis) Wilshaw:

    Teacher recruitment difficulties are having a significant impact on schools across the country.

    Ofsted surveyed almost 100 schools across the East, South East and North West of England about recruitment. Half the schools in more affluent areas said they had problems recruiting good staff, with the proportion rising to more than three-quarters in the most deprived areas. Three-quarters in more affluent areas said teacher-training provision was insufficient, which increased to 9 in 10 in the most challenging areas. Six in 10 of the latter group also said that the situation in maths and science was so bad that they had to rely on temporary supply staff.

    I appreciate that teacher recruitment in an improving economy is always going to be a big challenge, but the overriding message from headteachers is that recruitment is a real problem and likely to get worse.

    What really concerns me, however, is not only the insufficient numbers joining the profession but the growing division between those schools in disadvantaged areas that struggle to recruit and the rest. In our ‘Unseen children’ report 2 years ago, we warned that challenging schools in deprived or isolated communities were having difficulty recruiting. Since then, the situation has not improved.

    But teacher shortages in the state system are being exacerbated by the increasing numbers who opt to teach abroad.
  2. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Well Nick is right, there is no shortage of teachers... just you can't get many of them to work in present day English schools.

    Michael is right, there is a retention/recruitment crisis.

    Is Ofsted the reason? I'm not 100% sure... I think day-to-day working conditions play a bigger role. Do you feel appreciated, do you feel valued, listened to, respected, supported [not in the new sense]? If not, can you really blame people for bailing.

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