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Public Sector Resourcing - Recruiters can play key role in development of teaching workforce, says R

Public Sector Resourcing - Recruiters can play key role in development of teaching workforce, says REC Education

Last week's REC Education meeting focused on what recent changes to the education landscape will mean for specialist supply teacher agencies. Discussions with the Department for Education (DfE) and the Government's new Teaching Agency confirmed that the voice of recruiters would be at the forefront of key debates such as facilitating transitions back into teaching and developing the workforce of the future.

Members debated the latest news on vetting and barring, the remit of the new Teaching Agency and future plans for the development of the school workforce. Government speakers acknowledged the important part supply agencies play in the development of the educational workforce and in providing suitably qualified and properly vetted teaching staff to schools. Discussions also confirmed that REC Education and the Teaching Agency will be working in partnership on initiatives to assist professionals to return to teaching in priority subject areas.

Dr Sarah Whitelaw, Career Changers and Returners Lead, Teaching Agency, says:

“The Teaching Agency is committed to ensuring that the schools’ workforce is staffed by high calibre, well qualified teachers and our recruitment strategies focus on attracting the best graduates into the profession. We are keen to ensure that our drive to recruit teachers, particularly to Priority Subject areas, includes a focus on Returners, and we know that there are considerable numbers of teachers who wish to return to the profession. The Teaching Agency looks forward to working closely with REC members in order to explore how supply agencies can work with us to help meet the school workforce needs in Priority Subjects.”

Dr John Dunn, Chair of REC Education, said:

“The meeting marks the beginning of a new chapter for REC Education as we drive increasingly proactive campaigns on behalf of members and continue to develop key relationships with Government and employer bodies across the sector. We welcome the active engagement of the Department for Education and the Teaching Agency with our members and their appreciation of the role recruitment agencies play in the development of the school workforce. This is something we will build on over the coming months."

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