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Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire will not be forgotten in drive to bring teachers to struggling areas, says education secretary

19:50 01 February 2016

Nicky Morgan  Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Nicky Morgan Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Schools in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire will not be forgotten in the national drive to bring teachers to struggling areas, Nicky Morgan has said.

The cabinet minister at the helm of the Department for Education said a new scheme to attract and retain teachers to struggling areas would be rolled out nationally.

Despite the latest social mobility report which shows the East of England is lagging behind many northern and London authorities in improving the life changes of the poorest children, the better performing north-west was chosen to pilot a scheme which will enlist 100 teachers to work in eligible primary and secondary schools from September.

Mrs Morgan insisted the northern project was only a pilot and with 1,500 teachers planned, she strongly expected the initiative to reach the East.

She said that despite bringing in good sponsors [for free schools and academies] there was more to be done in the East when it came to education.

“I am very clear that the East of England will be one of the areas we will be looking at in excellent education everywhere.

“I think quality of teaching is the single most important factor in driving up standards; making sure there are enough good teachers and good schools leaders. There will be schools that are failing and coasting and we will need to bring in sponsors. There are other good schools in the area that are becoming good sponsors themselves.”

To National Teaching Service will help with relocation, temporary accommodation or commuting costs and provide leadership courses. “We know we have great schools and great teachers in this country, but we also know there are areas of entrenched educagtional under-performance,” Mrs Morgan said. Her comments came as the government also announced its pilot areas for an extra 15 hours of free childcare, which also excluded Norfolk. Norwich MP Chloe Smith, who has been promoting the opportunity for new businesses to start up as a result of the extra childcare support, said it was a shame Norfolk had not made it into the pilot areas, but the silver lining would be that the county could learn from everybody else’s ideas.

6 comments

  • The education of our childeren is too important to be in the hands of substandard politicians, it is time to get action to de-politicise both education, health & welfare before its too late and too unaffordable.

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    Rob44

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • Er Daisy - I can tell you now that NQT's are often the most engaging staff and impactful in a school whose staff comprise of many " oh god....how much longer to retirement" cynics that can't wait to get out. I know this because I worked in senior management in schools and Ofsed inspectors often infer this in their reports. I know who I'd rather have teaching my kids.

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    One Horse Town

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • It would be good if this lady had actually ever been a teacher & learned what it is like to try & live on a teachers salary. The elite on the governemnt front bench are all in cloud cuckoo land

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    Rob44

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

  • Nakita-you mean like forty years ago? When it was common knowledge that posts with decent salaries ( under the old salary scales) were harder to come by in East Anglia because of low funding and low budgets ? Which was all down to east Anglia being bottom of the pile whichever government was in power. Just as it is now. Morgan's a hypocrite, she knows full well that it is always harder to attract teachers to areas where schools have long been under funded and under equipped. Especially in areas where there are fewer employment opportunities for teachers' partners who are also professionals. Which leaves us with the single NQTs. Wymspen is right to an extent but I would say the problem with recruiting good head teachers and deputies is in the job description. If the general managementof school buildings, grounds and equipment and responsibility for the financial aspects of schools was handed back to LEAs leaving headteachers to be responsible for pupils and staff then we might have half way decent schools again and more teachers prepared to take on senior management. Bursars with a few years teaching experience are not my idea of headteachers.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • Quality of teaching is NOT the most important issue in raising school standards. Quality of leadership is even more important, and the difficulty in recruiting good Heads (and deputies) is even more of a problem than the difficulty recruiting good teachers.

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    Wymspen

    Monday, February 1, 2016

  • "Why have they not taken earlier action" ???

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    Nakita Ponnly

    Monday, February 1, 2016

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