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Comment – Government's recruitment and retention strategy

Comment – Government's recruitment and retention strategy

The Government today (Monday 29 January) has launched its teacher recruitment and retention strategy in a bid to boost the number of teachers in the profession whilst making sure talented individuals stay in schools across the country. As part of this, Education Secretary Damian Hinds sets out plans to ensure that teachers in England will receive more early career support, opportunities for flexible and part-time working, and a reduction in their workload.

On the Early Careers Framework, Teach First CEO Russell Hobby said:

“The Early Career Framework could be transformational in setting strong foundations as teachers develop in their careers. Teaching can be as challenging as it is rewarding and our experience shows that two years of quality, structured, development can enable people to flourish into highly effective teachers and leaders. It’s right that this investment is focused on schools in challenging circumstances where the greatest difference can be made to young lives.” 

On flexible working, Teach First CEO Russell Hobby said:

“We all expect to be able to juggle work and life. Teachers are no different. It can be challenging for schools to balance flexible working around the school timetable. But with the right support it’s achievable and we’re pleased to see the Department for Education supporting schools on this area. An important step in continuing to attract the best and the brightest to teach.”

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