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Head teachers advertising jobs 10 months in advance, TES reveals

TES has revealed that schools advertise teaching jobs 10 months in advance in order to be ahead in the recruitment race.


New figures reveal that before Christmas, a number of head teachers were advertising jobs for the following September, to ensure the vacancies are filled. Statistics from TES Global show that since 2013, the proportion of postings between September and December, for secondary school jobs which start the following academic year, has increased by two thirds.


TES say that head teachers are having to attempt to predict the number of staff needed for the next year before they have received resignations or know their budget.


Sian Carr, principal at the Skinners’ Kent Academy in Tunbridge Wells said that head teachers are prepared to take on more staff that they may need later on, to ensure that they are not left struggling to find teachers.


Carr, who is also vice president of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), commented, “Some heads do over-recruit [before Christmas] as they are hoping it will work out. Heads take that gamble around now to make sure they are covered.”


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