How to hire in a recruitment crisis

Recruiting new staff when there is a teacher shortage can be tough, but there are ways to put your school at the top of candidates’ lists

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These days, recruiting new teaching staff is less like fishing in a talent pool and more akin to “fishing in a talent puddle with lots of other people with sharp elbows”. That’s according to one anonymous headteacher, who believes that when it comes to recruitment, school leaders have never had it so tough.

Statistics recently published by admissions body Ucas seem to support this view. They show that the number of applicants for initial teacher training at the start of 2018 was down by 29 per cent compared with a year ago.

And fewer new entrants, coupled with rising numbers of experienced ...

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