Diary of a headteacher: The recruitment headache

With a national recruitment crisis hitting secondary schools, our headteacher diarist is feeling the pressure…

As we approach the exam season school leaders are anxious to ensure that their students are focused and that their staff have everything they need to give them the best chance of success in the summer.

However, as the pace and pressure crank up towards the first major examination, there is something else that will be giving school leaders a headache at this time of year – recruitment.

The month of May can become “silly season” in some schools, particularly large ones, where we work towards the final resignation deadline of the academic year for teachers, and recruitment becomes a big ticket item that consumes the time of headteachers and their teams.

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