What are the genuine concerns facing the supply of teachers into the profession?
The Education Select Committee met last week to discuss the Supply of Teachers; the panel raised the issue of teacher recruitment and retention in an evidence session with Nick Gibb, Minister of State, Department of Education.
There were three objectives;
- is there a crisis?
- what impact is it having?
- and if so, what can be done about it?
On the panel from 9.30am were the following witnesses:
- Professor John Howson, TeachVac,
- Martin Thompson, Executive Director, National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers,
- Sam Freedman, Executive Director of Programmes, Teach First, and
- James Noble-Rogers, Executive Director, Universities Council for the Education of Teachers;
- Russell Hobby, General Secretary, NAHT,
- Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary, National Union of Teachers,
- Darren Northcott, National Official for Education, NASUWT, and
- Emma Knights, Chief Executive, National Governors’ Association
Nick Gibb turned up at 10.15am.
You can watch the footage by clicking on the image below.
- Timing of the Workforce Census
- Poor fields for vacancies
- High costs to advertise
- Supply agencies poaching graduate teachers to be ‘on their books’ with the promise of guaranteed work
- High buy out fees to purchase teachers placed by supply agencies
- Costs of living; plus regional variations
- Providers, such as Teach First who are unable to place graduates, despite having bodies vs. needs.
I just wonder how many classroom teachers were actually in the room? Until this simple request is met at roundtable meetings, none of our voices will be heard other than anecdotes and word-of-mouth. It was re-assuring to know that this was raised by one of the witnesses.