Overcome the Great Teacher Lockout

There’s a growing problem in UK teacher recruitment which looks set to get worse before it gets better. Luckily, here at Tes, our product team have been working hard to come up with some solutions.

Catherine McNally, Marketing

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The UK education recruitment market is facing multiple challenges. By 2024, it’s estimated the UK will have 47,000 unfilled teacher vacancies. The government’s attempts to attract new teachers to the profession isn’t yielding results, with graduate applications down significantly on last year. With the number of pupils in the UK set to increase by 500,000 over the next 5 years, the demand for teachers is only going to rise.

The figures paint an alarming picture for UK schools and it’s only a matter of time before the effects impact your school.

Against that backdrop you still need to recruit great teachers for your school to make sure you offer your pupils the best education possible. Yet, finding and retaining these teachers is increasingly difficult. Why? It’s because of the Great Teacher Lockout…

Thousands of potentially amazing teachers are being locked out from joining your school by three major problems:

  • It’s hard to find the right teachers to fill your vacancies, leaving your school vulnerable to under-performance.
  • Unqualified teachers in your school often have to leave to get trained, which costs you both time and money.

  • Increasing workloads and a lack of support, with classroom discipline means great teachers are often unable to cope and are leaving the profession.

With time pressures and budget uncertainty, you’ll still need to address these problems by talking to numerous suppliers, which will more than likely result in high costs, wasted time and complicated processes.

We can offer you a new way forward - a remedy to your recruitment migraine. One that supports you to attract, train and empower the right teacher for your school – all in the one place.  


With a Recruitment Subscription delivered through Tes Portal – designed by teachers for teachers – you’ll reach the biggest audience of potential candidates. 81% of teachers visit our website every week. Tes Portal is designed to make hiring your next teacher as easy as possible. From placing adverts to online reference checks, you can manage all your recruitment needs in one GDPR-compliant place.

You can even find your next daily or long-term supply teacher on a platform that manages correct safeguarding and timesheets. Your dedicated Account Manager, who’ll be there to support you every step of the way, will show you how to view statistics on how your advert is performing and offer you advice to improve it.


Did you know that 70% of teaching assistants and unqualified teachers have a genuine desire to gain QTS? Sadly, the traditional path means your TAs would need to leave your school, say goodbye to their salary, pay a large upfront fee and enter a process filled with red tape.

That’s why we developed Straight to Teaching, which means you can offer your TAs a flexible professional development route that supports them to become fully qualified teachers at your school. Already, more than 1000 have gained QTS with us.  


Have you checked to see how your teachers are feeling? Often teachers become overwhelmed by poor pupil behaviour, a lack of understanding of how to manage pupils with special needs, and heavy administrative burdens. Sometimes they don’t receive enough support to help them and they become weary doing tasks which take them away from their core purpose of teaching. Some even quit the profession altogether.

To help you support these teachers and pupils we’ve introduced Class Charts and Provision Maps. Developed by experienced ex- teachers, these user-friendly systems address workload issues and ultimately help you to retain staff.  

For teachers having difficulty recording classroom behaviours, Class Charts is a quick and easy seating planner and behaviour management tool. It helps record behaviours in less than 30 seconds and can instantly create and rearrange seating plans in a couple of clicks. Unlike other tools, it can be integrated with your school’s management system to ensure you have up- to- date information about pupils to help eliminate poor behaviour.

Provision Maps means your teachers can keep on top of all their SEN paperwork, review dates, and assessments. It helps track and monitor the impact of interventions, seeing what provisions are running and which pupils are assigned to them. It’s also integrated with your school’s management system, saving you an average of 6 hours per week.

It’s not an easy time for leaders and business managers, but here at Tes we're working hard to ease the burden and provide practical solutions.

To find out more about how we can help please get in touch.

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