Transfer Window

If you don’t like football, there is probably something wrong with you. You may not be wowed by the aesthetics or marvel at the athleticism, but the politics involved is truly intriguing. The hype of the transfer window is not just for the football purist, but also for those who love a dodgy deal and to find out where all these stars eventually end up.

Del boy from Only Fools and Horses would be a great club chairman. The same occurs in teaching. Trying to keep teachers in their school and even in the profession is becoming an exercise in creativity for headteachers. The shortage of teachers nationally means recruitment and retention is a big issue.

A think tank called Policy Exchange, collated a group of essays on recruitment and retention which discusses a plethora of different issues for school leaders and stakeholders. The major issues with recruitment and retention come under 2 headings; Increasing the number and success of the avenues to get in to teaching; Keep existing teachers in the profession.

The inclusion of Initial Teacher training, Teach First and other graduate programmes, means there are a few ways in which people can comfortably get in to the mix. This may be improving, but still some school still need to source teachers from abroad. The rate at which teachers leave the profession is still alarming. 48,000 staff left teaching with the majority leaving state education.

The late Prince said it best in his song Money Don’t matter 2 night. Money works as an incentive for many but is not a long term solution to the problem. Recruitment for the NHS has increased over recent years despite the pay staying relatively the same.

It is surely the ‘other’ things which provides our biggest influence on vocation. Trust, appreciation, value and respect which cannot be quantified nor placed on a staff handbook. These are far more important than money.

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