One head is now offering additional pay packets and trips to Africa to attract and retain teachers.
James Robinson, headteacher at Camelot Primary School, London, has this year for the first time offered an extra payment of around £2,000 to an NQT, who needed help with a deposit for a flat.
The head is now considering offering financial incentives to other teachers in his school, alongside a series of other retention measures, after 11 classroom teachers left at the end of last term.
Mr Robinson, who started at the school this year, said that he recently offered a teacher more money and an opportunity to visit a partnership school in Africa during the school term to encourage her to stay.
“People attracted to teaching are often attracted to travelling as well, so it’s another motivator. [The trip] is a fantastic perk for many teachers,” he said.
Another school in London is understood to be offering a six-week sabbatical abroad in the first three years of a teacher’s career as an incentive. “We have all got retention strategies that we are trying to put in our schools,” Mr Robinson said.
The cost of living in London can be a significant challenge for many heads in the capital. Three teachers are leaving Camelot at Christmas for this reason. “We have a phenomenal problem in London with high costs,” he says.
Mr Robinson is considering the introduction of other measures – such as private healthcare and loans for affordable homes – to keep teachers in London.