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The £500K bill to put 49 teachers back into schools

A scheme that encourages former teachers to return to the classroom is hampered by a lack of flexibility

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A government recruitment scheme aimed at persuading more than 1,000 people back into teaching resulted in just 49 returning to the classroom, official figures reveal.

The failure of the Department for Education’s Supporting Returning Teachers pilot scheme has been blamed at least partly on teachers’ need for flexible hours.

The DfE figures, obtained through a Tes freedom of information request, reveal that 62 schools took part in the pilot, which ran from September 2015 to the autumn term of 2016, and offered 1,062 tailored training places.

But just 426 teachers were recruited to the various ...

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