Voice welcomes teacher recruitment and retention strategy

Department for Education's teacher recruitment and retention strategy

Voice: the Union for Education Professionals has welcomed the teacher recruitment and retention strategy announced by the Government today (28 January 2019).

General Secretary Deborah Lawson said:

“We are pleased that the Government has listened to the concerns of teachers and headteachers and made some bolds and positive steps forward in tackling the recruitment and retention crisis in our schools.

“The proposed initiatives to recruit new teachers and keep them in the classroom, reduce workload and bureaucracy, and encourage flexible working are very welcome.  

“However, there are still issues to be addressed. Teachers need a substantial pay rise if teaching is to be competitive with other graduate professions. 

“It will take some time before the new strategy – and the new Ofsted inspection framework – begin to have any effect and we can assess the impact of these initiatives.

“We look forward to working with the Government and partner organisations in contributing to this strategy and taking it forwards.”

Further information (DfE):

Teacher recruitment and retention strategy Policy paper: The Department for Education’s strategy for recruiting and retaining school teachers in state-funded schools.

New national strategy unveiled to boost teacher numbers News story

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