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Leadership webinar: the latest from TES Teacher Recruitment Index (video and webchat)

Discussion in 'Senior Leadership Team' started by AndrewFIS, Oct 17, 2016.

  1. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    How is teacher recruitment faring across England?

    As part of the TES Leadership webinar series, I’ll be putting your questions to Lord Jim Knight, ex-schools minister and chief education adviser for TES Global.

    We will examine the findings of the latest TES Teacher Recruitment Index and consider indications that the quality of candidates is suffering as schools are forced to adapt to fill open teaching positions.

    Post your questions below now - and, if you can, join in our live webchat on October 27 at 4.30pm.

    Before that, you can watch a video we’ve made in which Jim and I discuss the issues, with key advice for school leaders.

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    To access all the videos in the TES Leadership series, plus an exclusive database of grants available to schools, become a TES Leadership subscriber.
     
  2. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    Hi,

    Don't forget to submit your questions below ahead of Thursday's webchat.

    Thank you.
     
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  3. DalekTeacher

    DalekTeacher New commenter

    Hi,
    I am in my eighth year of teaching in English and would like to take on new opportunities with extra responsibility. Due to the recruitment situation, is this still a possibility for the next academic year?

    Thank you.
     
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  4. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    Good afternoon and welcome to today’s webchat.


    The TES Leadership webchats give you the opportunity to put your questions to industry experts about key school management and operational issues.

    In a few moments I will hand you over to Andrew, who is editor of FIS, who will be hosting this week's hour-long webchat.

    Andrew and this week's guest, leadership expert panel member Lord Jim Knight, ex-schools minister and chief education adviser for TES Global, who will be available for the next hour to answer your questions.

    If you have any questions please submit them below. Don't worry if we run out of time, any unanswered questions will be responded to and posted on this thread later this week.

    I'll now hand you over to Andrew.





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  5. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    Hello and welcome to this webchat on the findings of the latest TES Teacher Recruitment Index. Joining me is Lord Jim Knight, chief education adviser at TES Global. For those of you following this thread, please feel free to post your query. Remember to refresh your page to see the updates as they appear.

    Thanks for joining us, Jim.

    To put the latest findings into context, could you start by highlighting the headline trends in teacher recruitment since the Index was first launched in 2012?
     
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  6. LordKnight

    LordKnight New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    Thanks Andrew pleasure to be here.

    The headlines are that since 2012 it has been getting steadily harder to recruit in some regions and for some subjects. But that has changed most recently with things starting to change in the Autumn when we first saw signs that vacancies were more successfully getting filled. This is now confirmed by our Spring survey when all areas are filling vacancies more successfully than anytime since 2012.
     
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  7. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    What is the quality of the available pool of teachers like?
     
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  8. LordKnight

    LordKnight New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    Good question because this get's to the other part of the story from our latest index. In our survey of head teachers over 70% said they believe that the quality of candidates has fallen. This suggests that heads are, of course, wanting to make sure every class has a teacher and are getting better at delivering that - but perhaps at the expense of quality
     
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  9. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    Why are schools finding that candidates are of a lower quality?
     
  10. LordKnight

    LordKnight New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    To some extent I can't answer that with any authority - you'd have to ask heads! But I think there may be some factors at play here.

    First, with the perception of a teacher recruitment crisis the schools may believe that they just have to appoint what they can rather than holding out for something better.

    Secondly, we know that over 80% are restructuring to respond to vacancies. This suggests that there may be redundancies rising and experienced teachers being replaced by cheaper NQT's. Whilst it is certainly not always true there is logic in saying that experience and quality go together.

    It is also worth saying that heads haven't explicitly said that the quality of teachers has fallen - only of candidates. They may believe they are still appointing the one great one from the shortlist!
     
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  11. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    Does this mean that newly qualified teachers can pick and choose their first roles?
     
  12. LordKnight

    LordKnight New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    I think it means that NQTs can pick and choose more if they are in shortage subjects or shortage regions. But I don't think they should be too complacent about that! It can still be hard for a PE or history teacher.

    However, Andrew, I look at this more from the other end of the lens - the school in a coastal area of a tricky region, somewhere like Great Yarmouth. For them it is hard to even attract NQTs let alone more experienced teachers. If, for example, their maths results are struggling and they have a vacancy in that department that is a huge vulnerability beyond their control.
     
  13. LordKnight

    LordKnight New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    I think it ought to be a possibility for you. English is not the hardest but certainly not the easiest and because it is a high stakes subject there is a strong demand for good leaders of English teaching. Good luck!
     
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  14. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    What are schools doing to attract teachers? Has there been a change in the balance of power between schools and prospective candidates?
     
  15. LordKnight

    LordKnight New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    Certainly there has been that change in the balance of power as discussed with NQTs in some subjects. It is a candidates' market right now and schools know that.

    Schools are certainly being more imaginative. With things like Teaching Schools/SCITTs they are growing their own more. Our TES Institute has noticed a big demand for our Straight to Teaching route into teaching that qualifies those that are teaching unqualified. More unqualified are being used and we are also seeing a welcome pick up in the use of part time teachers.
     
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  16. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    Could you tell us more about the effect on part-time roles?
     
  17. LordKnight

    LordKnight New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    Yes, we are interested in this since we surveyed lapsed teachers. Over 70% said that they would only consider returning to the classroom in a part time capacity. This seems a fabulous opportunity to tap into experienced teacher talent. We have also developed a return to teaching course over at TES Institute and a dedicated section of the TES Jobs site for part time roles. We have seen a big spike in traffic in that part of the site and detect a shift towards schools embracing this flexibility to suit different lifestyles.
     
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  18. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    You mentioned the shortage of teachers in certain subjects. Which are the most difficult subject areas to fill? And why?
     
  19. LordKnight

    LordKnight New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    The data tells us that D&T is the hardest followed by English, Maths, Sciences and Modern Languages. This follows a pattern over time. D&T is an anomaly and I suspect reflects a difficulty in training enough into the profession for that subject. With the others they are in demand EBacc subjects, very high stakes, where heads will be more careful about quality and therefore more likely to re-advertise to get the quality they are happy with.
     
  20. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    Which areas of England are finding recruiting harder than others? Why?
     

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