Can we learn from other countries on how to solve the current recruitment and retention crisis?
Nick Gibb, minister of state for school standards has recently spoke about a package of support – together with Ofsted and the Association of School and College Leaders – to help schools with teacher recruitment and retention.
It includes giving teachers more time to learn from and share our successes with the world, particularly with other Commonwealth countries.
Could this work?
Solving teacher recruitment requires a broad, flexible and planned approach.
Many schools only think about recruitment when vacancies occur, but this approach can often cost more money, time and effort. As schools face rising costs and shrinking budgets, planning well into the future may be the solution to managing some of these challenges.
Instigating a system of “planned recruitment”, by forecasting likely staff turnover, along with possible changes to the curriculum, can help schools better understand the likelihood of needing to recruit for certain roles. Proactive recruiting is the key.