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Educating Norfolk: Teacher recruitment and retention

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 February 2014

Colin Collis, county secretary of the NASUWT.; Photo: Bill Smith

Colin Collis, county secretary of the NASUWT.; Photo: Bill Smith

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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.

Colin Collis, of teaching union the NASUWT, said many teachers were leaving the profession because of burn out, unreasonable workloads, and pressure passed down by senior staff.

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.

However, Mr Collis raised concerns about the increase in school-based rather than university-based training.

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.”

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