QA Education asked Charles Tracy, Head of Education at the Institute of Physics, about physics teacher recruitment and how despite a rise in applications, the nation is facing a shortfall of educators in this subject…
Institute of Physics Q&A
1. Why are you still concerned about physics teacher recruitment? Hasn’t there been an increase in the numbers of physics teachers being recruited over the past 20 years?
Baljinder Kuller, Managing Director, The Supply Register, discusses how schools should be attracting and retaining teachers amid the talent drought…
Simon Adams is the regional director for Teach In, specialists in matching school staffing needs with the best available teachers and teaching assistants. Here, Simon shares his advice on successfully passing video interviews.
Online video interviews, via systems such as Skype and FaceTime, are becoming increasingly popular with schools, and are no longer used exclusively for international recruitment. The benefit of easing the scheduling burden, at no cost to either party, makes video interviews an ideal choice.
NEW SURVEY SHOWS SCHOOLS ARE BECOMING MORE FLEXIBLE IN ORDER TO FILL VACANCIES, BUT AT THE EXPENSE OF TEACHER QUALITY
Engage Education and Creative Education, today, announced their formal partnership agreement, bringing together two national specialists in their respective fields of teacher recruitment and continuous professional development (CPD) training. James Ockelford, Managing Director for Engage Partners, welcomed the formal partnership stating ‘This partnership demonstrates the vision both organisations share with regard to improving quality teaching and learning in schools throughout the UK’.
The growing shortage of teachers in key subject areas is well-known but an overly long recruitment process is exacerbating the situation, according to new research.
Two thirds of teachers say the lengthy job process has prevented them from applying for a new job and a further 34% tend to apply for just one position. Just 10% say they would apply for two roles.
Academy conversion can be an incredibly complex process – one that requires a great deal of thought before you venture into it. Deciding whether or not your school or college is ready to convert can take time, and can also involve many discussions with your governing body and stakeholders.
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."