Schools' job ads are also getting weirder. "Name your price," urges one, whilst another has "the ultimate dream job. No teaching, no marking!" (It's for a librarian). Sadly, the school offering free-rnge eggs alongside the laptop and relocation package has so far found no takers.
It's a joy to see the spirit of inventiveness reappearing in schools after years of increasingly imposed conformity, though the underlying reasons are alarming. Take note: it's the type of approach that private firms running state schools are being encouraged to follow.
How ironic if the recruitment crisis started to push schools out of the bog-standard rut created by two decades of government initiatives... before the new regime gets around to the job.