Michael Tidd

Want the right people at your school? Apply yourselves

Schools need to sort out their recruitment adverts and practices in order to attract the best candidates

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Eight months into a new role, and over a year since I applied for it, it’s now safe for me to talk about the bizarre business of applying for jobs in the school system. At a time where recruitment is repeatedly in the headlines, it strikes me that schools should try to get things right to recruit the best candidates.

The system is already filled with difficulties that complicate matters. The need for teachers in classrooms leaves us with the odd situation of fixed resignation dates. Teachers wanting to start a new job in September need to have something lined up this month; if not, they’re ...

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