Diary of a headteacher: The recruitment crisis

The recruitment crisis means that it is a ‘buyer’s market’ in certain shortage subjects. Our headteacher diarist reflects on the ethical dilemmas this situation has created

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

This summer, I managed to end the academic year with a fully staffed school, but I genuinely count myself as one of the lucky ones. I have several headteacher colleagues who were not able to recruit or got “gazumped” when a teacher they had appointed didn’t turn up on September 1 because they had a better offer. Outrageous!

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