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DfE figures show continuing recruitment crisis

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 16:45
Hounslow NAHT
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DfE figures show continuing recruitment crisis, says NAHT

Commenting on the DfE workforce statistics published today, Russell Hobby, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT says: “Figures show that vacancies in schools have fallen a little compared to last year. Such progress - although very limited - is welcome.

“Official statistics mask the reality that school leaders are still sometimes forced to appoint staff who are less experienced or able than they would like because of a lack of applications for a post; it is about quality, not just the numbers in post. There are also huge regional variations in recruitment, which is something the government also needs to address.

“Figures show a further deterioration in retention after three years, which is a source of great concern for school leaders. We lose a quarter of those who enter service by this point. This has been steadily worsening over the past four years, and the government needs to look at the drivers - workload, stagnant pay and an over-bearing accountability system – behind this worrying trend.”