Recruitment & retention: Long-term gain?

The government’s various proposals will not help the teacher recruitment and retention crisis in the short-term, but they do have long-term potential, says Deborah Lawson

Teaching is more than a great job. It is, at least for most, a vocation.

What it is not, is something that everyone can do. Those who enter the teaching profession choose to do so because they want to, and believe they can, make a difference.

Teachers guide and inspire their pupils to acquire learning habits that will lead not only to the acquisition of knowledge, but the application of knowledge and learning to success for life.

As honourable as the profession and the reasons for entering it are, the current recruitment and retention crisis is proof that vocation, ability and the personal and professional satisfaction of becoming a teacher are not enough to attract the number of people needed into the profession.

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