Educating Norfolk: Teacher recruitment and retention
07:00 27 February 2014
Teacher recruitment has been seen as a persistent problem, with the number of positions advertised but not filled ranging from 93 in spring 2009, to 27 last autumn.
Ian Clayton, of Thorpe St Andrew School, said his school could attract applications, but sometimes struggled with quality, and said the county’s reputation made teacher recruitment harder.
The Teach First programme, which recruits top graduates to teach in deprived areas which often struggle to recruit and retain teachers, will come to Norfolk in September.
Teach First was recently the focus of the BBC Three series Tough Young Teachers.
A Teach First spokesman said 50 Norfolk primary and six secondary schools may be eligible.
He said: “The quality of what happens in terms of training is not just what happens in the classroom, but giving them the opportunity to look at the theory behind how people learn. It gives you a broad overview of education and what education means.”