Ideas to Solve the Recruitment Crisis

Stephen Tierney, Chair of Headteachers’ Roundtable, opened this year’s HTRT summit with a poignant quotation from Desmond Tutu: “There comes a point when we need to stop just pulling people out of the river, we need to go upstream and find out why they are falling in”. Continue reading

Advertisements

Fishing in a Small Pool with Sharp Elbows and a Lack of Bait #Recruitment

I was recently asked to contribute to a TES feature about appointing teachers in the current recruitment climate. I commented that it was less like fishing in a talent pool and more akin to trawling a depleted puddle, minus bait and amongst others with sharp elbows. This inspired alternative titles for mine and Vic Goddard’s recruitment workshop at the recent HTRT Summit. Continue reading

To close or not to close that is the question? by @BinksNeateEvans

Over 3000 schools have shut nationally over the last few days. This much is true. Each school will have considered their unique circumstances very carefully. Schools are not wrong to close, they are not wrong to stay open. They are only wrong if they do not have a carefully thought through rationale. It is rarely opportunistic and despite the view of some, it’s actually quite stressful because we know the knock on effects all too well. Continue reading

The QTS Consultation; Funding and Bananarama Matter Most

The Headteachers’ Roundtable welcomes the Government’s consultation document, “Strengthening Qualified Teacher Status and improving career progression for teachers” and some of the ideas within.  However, a two year qualified teacher programme if not connected to what comes immediately before and after is unlikely to make the significant difference required.  More wholesale reform is required. Continue reading

Time to Go Upstream

“There comes a point when we need to stop just pulling people out of the river; we need to go upstream and find out why they are falling in.”

Desmond Tutu

The second HTRT Summit was held on Friday; looking across the river to the Houses of Parliament.  This is a summary of my opening remarks.  It’s an attempt to describe the point from which we started the day’s discussions. Continue reading