In the news: DfE publishes teacher recruitment and retention strategy

29 January 2019

Plans include a jobshare match-up service and more training opportunities for new teachers. 


What’s happened?

The DfE has released a new strategy to help combat the recruitment and retention crisis.

What’s in it?

The DfE promises to:

  • Develop a jobshare match-up site, which’ll allow teachers to team-up with other sharers
  • Provide a fully-funded 2-year training package for all early career teachers through the Early Careers Framework – national roll-out is set for autumn 2021
  • Develop specialist qualifications for seasoned professionals who want to excel in the classroom
  • Introduce a new online platform to make it easier to apply for Initial Teacher Training
  • Launch an initiative to allow more people to give teaching a try

In May 2018 the DfE said that it would consult on replacing floor and coasting standards with a single measure. The strategy has clarified that the consultation will be on making ‘requires improvement’ the sole trigger for an offer of support. The hope is that this’ll help to reduce workload and create a more supportive school culture. 

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