No reason to work in failing schools
I was in an improving school. If I had stayed, no doubt I would have been rejoicing in an award. But I applied for a senior management position in a challenging school in special measures. After a year and a half of extremely hard work, the school was taken out of specialmeasures and I went on to gain a deputy headship at another school in special measures.
The staff have worked like Trojans in order to improve standards, enduring termly local education authority reviews, daunting HMI visits and the wrath of volatile parents. All this, in a school in a deprived area. We don't receive any award.
In this recruitment crisis all our teachers could leave this "failing" school, transfer to one with good results and inspection reports and then await such an award.
What incentives are there for dedicated teachers to join or stay in a school in special measures?
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