Leaders in education have come together to pen an open letter to the Secretary of State Damian Hinds, calling on the Government to tackle the teacher recruitment crisis head-on.

Following this year’s ‘Shaping CPD’ conference, held at the University of Cambridge in April 2016, IRIS Connect have published a new report addressing the UK’s teacher recruitment and retention crisis.

Conference delegates voiced their frustration at the current situation. As Hannah Wilson, Professional Learning and Consultant Leader at Harris Federation, pointed out: “If we spent more time developing and looking after the staff that are already experienced in the classroom, they wouldn’t leave.” This report explores a possible solution. 


Specialist independent education agency, Class People, has responded with surprise to the NASUWT survey that suggests supply teachers are missing out on pay and development opportunities. The survey which suggests that 58% of supply teachers were not getting enough work is at odds with Class People figures.  

“We are in the midst of a teacher recruitment crisis and therefore schools are having to rely more heavily on agency cover for support, which has led to us struggling to fill our placements due to teachers’ lack of availability."