Invitations will go out to schools in the next few weeks and it is important that schools set up an account even if they do not have current vacancies. This service is dependent for its success on the number of schools participating and TSAs can do their bit to make it effective. It will be clear to anyone that this could save schools a considerable amount of money.
Encourage colleagues to become involved as well. Of course, this is not a panacea for recruitment issues but teachers have been asking for a national listing service for a generation and if this works it can only be of benefit to any school's finances
If you have questions or your email invitation does not seem to have arrived feel free to contact Yvonne Ridley at the DFE.
The DFE has published a new workload reduction kit. Below you can find links to the various sections. OFSTED now expects schools to have a policy on workload reduction and this is a handy starting point.
You can find direct links to these sections from here.
Here's an interesting new initiative from the Teacher Apprentice Trailblazer / Employers’ Group using an existing mechanism to encourage postgraduates into teaching. The Post-Graduate Teacher Apprenticeship is a salaried route into ITT that allows employers to draw down training costs (not the salary) from their digital apprenticeship levy accounts. The first cohort started their training in September 2018 and this route will run alongside the existing School Direct Salaried Route for the year 2018-19.
The Trailblazer Group is currently reviewing the Post-Graduate Teacher Apprenticeship Standard and Assessment Plan. As part of the process, the Group wishes to explore if there is national demand for a new Teacher Apprenticeship Standard which would have two points of entry: under-graduate and post-graduate. An under-graduate entry point would involve trainees without a degree, being employed and working in a school whilst studying for a degree and QTS. A new Teacher Apprenticeship with two such entry points would replace the current Standard as only one Standard is permissible per profession.
To some extent this looks like a formal version of the internships which many schools have been offering for some years. The postgraduate internship would allow a subject specialist to be salaried in a school while training. Of course, the devil will be in the detail particularly the salary arrangements and negotiations with the unions but if it helps schools to recruit more teachers it will undoubtedly be welcome.
The group would like people to complete the Teacher Apprentice Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/R2RCVMP so that your views will, working in conjunction with the IfA and the DfE, be used to inform the Trailblazer/Employers’ Group’s strategy in the review of the Post-Graduate Teacher Apprenticeship and/or the development of a new Teacher Apprenticeship Standard.
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The Teacher Recruitment Bulletin
The monthly Teacher Recruitment Bulletin (TRB) is the DfE’s main communication channel to Initial Teaching Training (ITT) providers, which aims to support recruitment to ITT. It is circulated to all ITT providers, including SCITTs and School Direct lead schools, and typical content includes updates on funding initiatives, ITT policy, marketing events, tools to help recruitment and opportunities to have your say on developing policy.
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Recruit a Spanish Language Teacher
The Visiting Teachers Programme continues to have more teachers available than schools to place them in. Schools can recruit a Spanish teacher with no recruitment costs and with the guarantee that all of the teachers have QTS and have been interviewed. Find out more about the programme here.
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