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Love the one you’re with – recruitment and retention

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So Tim Matthews (@purplepedagogy) and I were invited to lead a session at . The last four slides show the feedback we received from the tables, but we would love you to also comment.

Please feel free to leave questions and I’ll do my best to answer them…although see the small print on the first slide!

Sources for the diagrams and tables are

SFR 21/2015 School Workforce in England: November 2014 https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/440577/Text_SFR21-2015.pdf

National Audit Office Training New Teachers HC 798 SESSION 2015-16 10 FEBRUARY 2016 https://www.nao.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Training-new-teachers.pdf

Initial teacher training census for the academic year 2015 to 2016, England SFR 46/2015, 19 November 2015 https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/478098/ITT_CENSUS_SFR_46_2015_to_2016.pdf

Schools Week “What do the statistics say about teacher shortages”, John Dickens, Sep 27, 2015 http://schoolsweek.co.uk/what-do-the-statistics-say-about-teacher-shortages/

Edit (slide 23) I threw away the comment that men are unrepresented in teaching until you get to SLT. This seemed to get an number of quotes from those attending on twitter and at least one raised eyebrow.

Looking at the figures this was me being very Secondary and very Headteacher focused.  Where 62% of the workforce are women and yet only 37% of headteachers are.

 

Women into School Headship (http://www.womenintoschoolheadship.co.uk/womens-leadership/) point out that:

“The DfE School Workforce Census continues to evidence the underrepresentation of women in Headship in all sectors, compared to their numbers in the profession.  With women accounting for over 60% of the profession in secondary and over 85% in primary we would expect to see more women headteachers than the disproportionate 37% and 71% respectively.”

However,

“The Census shows that female deputy and assistant headteachers now make up over 50% of senior leadership teams, an increase of nearly 2% in both primary and secondary schools since 2011. In 2014 there was an incremental increase of 1.6% over the last three years for women in primary headship and a slight improvement in the number of women secondary headteachers by 0.7%.”

I hope that clarifies!


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Why so blue?

 

without wanting to keep the general view of a moaning teacher, i feel we are at a tipping point for the teaching profession. Every teacher i speak to says the same things, “it’s getting harder”, “drowning in paper work”, “judged measured quantified beyond need”. I can’t think of another job where how you do something is constantly changing and monitored. Each year, it feels like everything done in the previous year must be ripped up and started afresh, just to keep up with the ever changing whim of a dying Government. Most teachers work upwards of a 60 hour week and the guilt of work has reached such an epidemic that they feel that they are looked on as having a break if they are caught marking.

News that more changes are going to be announced in the Queen’s speech, was met with general tired shrugs. The fact that more religious groups will be able to open more schools, with no evidence that they improve the results (as quoted from a recent Church Times article) in a vastly secular society.

Vive la revolution, if we aren’t too tired.