Fixation on teacher recruitment is clouding our view of the real issue: teacher retention
A new report addresses the potential for the teacher recruitment and retention crisis to ‘become a catastrophe’, as reported in the TES. Following this year’s ‘Shaping CPD’ conference, sponsored by the University of Cambridge in April 2016, the report explores a possible solution.
Conference delegates voiced their frustration at the current situation. As Hannah Wilson, Professinal 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.”
Inspired by this, the ‘Shaping the future of CPD: Recruit, train, develop, retain’ report considers whether career-long professional learning can help the UK education system not only recruit, but also train, develop and retain high quality teachers.
The report includes key findings and recommendations from the conference. It also offers advice for developing a healthy professional learning culture and suggests actions for teachers, schools and the wider system to make effective and supportive career-long professional learning a reality.
As Tim Matthews, Deputy Head at Oriel High School, said at the conference: “We are not going to get better outcomes if we don’t have better teachers, so let’s just invest in them.”