'Nick Gibb can say "Crisis, what crisis?" as much as he wants – we do have a problem with teacher recruitment and retention'

8th December 2017 at 17:03
The latest in the IOE debates series asked: what if we wanted to transform teaching as a career choice?

"Teaching is one of the most important vocations out there – and in theory is one of the most rewarding. But, we're struggling to recruit and retain teachers, and now we're talking about a crisis in teacher supply," Professor Becky Francis, director of the UCL Institute of Education, said this week.

Professor Francis was chairing a debate at the Institue of Education, which asked: what if we wanted to transform teaching as a career choice? 

Joining her to discuss teacher recruitment were Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the NEU teaching union; Jonathan Simons, director of policy and advocacy at the Varkey Foundation; Lucy Crehan, international education consultant at the Education Development Trust; Martin Mills, incoming director of the Centre for Research on Teachers and Teaching at the UCL Institute of Education. 

Thousands of teachers followed the debate live on Facebook and Twitter. If you missed it, you can watch it in full below.

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