Helena Marsh

How to get retention right

Executive head Helena Marsh shares her tried and tested formula for keeping staff happy in their work

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While it is healthy and desirable to support teachers to move on to pastures new for personal reasons or to serve career motivations, the number of teachers leaving the profession entirely is of great concern, as is the number who have seriously considered doing so.

It is clear from responses to numerous surveys that a key issue is that teachers are not prepared to sacrifice their personal lives and wellbeing. Nor should they be expected to.

Thus, while recruitment schemes and initiatives may keep staff numbers buoyant, they are ultimately short-term fixes unless we address the pervading ...

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