Retention is better than cure says Connex Education
A potentially toxic mix of increasing pupil numbers, financial constraints and barriers to attracting graduate talent means that above-average vacancy rates persist in key subjects.
The annual report, produced by the School Teacher’s Review Body for the DfE, recommends that the Education Secretary gives schools more power over teacher pay, but notes the lack of clarity on how this will be financed. It also notes an increase in vacancies in teaching in the last 12 months.
Connex, a specialist in recruiting and placing qualified teachers, warns that schools must respond to the report’s findings by re-thinking their current recruitment process and demand more from recruitment partners.
Mark Beedles, managing director at industry-leading education recruitment partner, Connex Education, says: “In a time of increased pressure on budgets, it’s clear that current efforts from employers in education around the filling of vacancies are falling short. Structural problems for the teaching profession as a whole should not be used as an excuse for failure in hiring and placing teachers in schools. Worryingly, the report notes that vacancies registered an increase in the last year, suggesting that a war for talent is on the horizon.”
“Gaps in education recruitment can be detrimental to the learnings of pupils. A variety of strategies are open to those looking to recruit, with a mix of quicker sourcing for suitable temporary, supply teachers and greater success in hiring the right permanent staff. Recruitment spend can only be reduced through better results. Ultimately, reducing time to hire and improving candidate quality can be achieved by better partnerships with proactive recruiters.”