We’ve been hearing for a few years now that we are in the middle of a recruitment crisis. While teachers are leaving the profession in droves (more than 4,000 teachers a month left the profession in 2014/15, nearly 50,000 in total, around one in 12 full-time teachers according the DFE statistics), the government are trying to off-set this number by introducing more innovative ways to recruit student teachers into the profession. Initiatives like Teach First, Get into Teaching and financial bursaries have all been used to tempt graduates into the classroom. But even with attractive packages and jazzy marketing campaigns, high quality recruitment of new teachers into the profession still remains a national challenge. This was highlighted in the recent Government white paper ‘Educational Excellence Everywhere’:
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