New teacher Recruitment and Retention strategy – Friday 1 February 2019

This week I highlight the launch of the new teacher Recruitment and Retention strategy, a consultation on making it easier to identify schools that could benefit from support to improve performance, an online energy switching service added to the DfE’s new deals service for schools and publication of advice to schools in the event of a no deal Brexit.

Launch of a new teacher Recruitment and Retention strategy
Earlier this week the Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, launched the new teacher Recruitment and Retention strategy. It includes plans for an early career framework which will fund schools to provide an extra year of induction for new teachers, including a 5% off-timetable requirement.  Working with Ofsted to simplify the accountability system and reduce any unnecessary pressure it places on teachers.  Launch a new job-share service to help those interested find opportunities and provide free timetabling tools to make it easier for schools to manage.  As well as simplifying the application process by introducing a new ‘one-stop’ system for initial teacher training.

Consultation on making it easier to identify schools that would benefit from support to improve their performance
The consultation seeks views on proposals for a clearer, simpler approach to identifying schools that may benefit from an offer of support to help improve a school’s educational performance.

The proposal is that all schools judged as ‘Requires improvement’ by Ofsted will be eligible for support, and that schools with two consecutive ‘Requires improvement’ judgements will be eligible for more intensive support.  To simplify accountability it also proposes removing floor and coasting data standards.

Deals for Schools
The DfE’s Schools Commercial Team provides information on the national deals available to schools to help them save money on some of the things they buy regularly. The deals are assessed for compliance with procurement regulations, ease of use, suitability and value for money. An online energy switching services has just been added.

Advice to schools on preparing for the possibility of the UK leaving the EU without a deal
Yesterday the DfE published advice to schools in England on how to prepare in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal. This relates to the EU Settlement scheme, school places, recognition of teaching qualifications, travel to the EU, school meals and the supply of food and the Erasmus programme.