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Heads blame quitters for recruitment turmoil

Leaders increasingly offer ‘golden handshakes’ to sweeten fleeing staff

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The number of school leaders blaming recruitment problems on an exodus of teachers from the profession in their local area has dramatically risen, a new survey shows.

In 2014, just 15 per cent of school leaders said the rate at which teachers were quitting the job locally was making it harder to recruit, but the figure has jumped to 42 per cent this year.

The study by the NAHT headteachers’ union comes amid growing evidence, unearthed by TES, of heads offering “golden handshakes” and other financial incentives to recruit and retain teachers (see box, below).

The NAHT survey found that almost ...

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