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Diary of a headteacher: Recruitment and retention

The teacher retention and recruitment crisis has led to ethical dilemmas for schools when it comes to teacher capability and support, says our headteacher diarist

Teacher recruitment and retention has been high-profile in the media recently. It is clear that school leaders are concerned about how we can keep those already in the profession engaged and committed to their careers – and where the next generation of teachers will come from.

In secondary, it is incredibly hard to recruit into shortage subjects such as physics, chemistry, maths and foreign languages. It is also proving very challenging to retain teachers and I have noticed a difference in the past five years regarding the number of teachers leaving the profession. I don’t have decades of experience to compare this current situation to, however I can certainly see the impact of huge educational reform, increased rigour and higher levels of accountability on the teaching profession.

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