Teacher Workforce Dynamics in England

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Tuesday October 30, 2018 - Tuesday October 30, 2018

15:00 – 17:00, followed by a drinks reception

Central London

Against a backdrop of increasing pupil numbers and teacher shortages in key subjects, understanding the dynamics of the teacher workforce is important to assist policy makers and system leaders in formulating effective responses to this important issue.

In January 2017, the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) received grant funding from the Nuffield Foundation to undertake research to gain a deeper understanding of the dynamics within the teacher workforce in England. NFER’s researchers have produced a regular series of evidence-based outputs since Spring 2017.  The final report in this programme were published on Tuesday 30 October 2018.

At this event, NFER’s School Workforce Lead Jack Worth will present the key insights and recommendations from this research on the factors behind recent trends in teacher retention and turnover. The findings will focus on the most important potential ingredients for a successful recruitment and retention strategy: teachers’ pay, workload and working hours, part-time and flexible working, teachers in different regions and shortage subjects.

Chaired by education journalist Laura McInerney, a panel of education experts including ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton and teacher and author Emma Kell, will reflect on the research and give their thoughts on what policy makers and school leaders could do to improve teacher retention. The event will provide an opportunity to discuss and debate this key policy issue.

For up-to-date news of our work in this project, follow us on Twitter: @TheNFER and get involved in the conversation using #TeacherWorkforce

Click here to view slides from the launch event.

More info on our guests

Laura McInerney

Laura McInerney is an education journalist, former secondary teacher, and co-founder of Teacher Tapp, the daily app uncovering the secret lives of teachers.

She started her career in east London comprehensives and taught for six years before being taken to court by Michael Gove for asking a difficult question about free schools. (She won, eventually).

Following this, Laura became a journalist, writing a monthly column in The Guardian and editing Schools Week, where her team won national awards for their hard-hitting scoops.

She is now the co-founder of Teacher Tapp, an app revealing previously unknown insights about teachers’ lives.

Geoff Barton

Geoff studied English and Linguistics at the University of Lancaster, then trained to teach at Leicester University. From 2002 to 2017 he was headteacher of King Edward VI School, Bury St Edmunds, a comprehensive school of 1650 students.

He is a Founding Fellow of the English Association and writes for a range of newspapers and journals. He has worked with various organisations, including the Department for Education, on leadership and literacy.

Geoff was a longstanding member of ASCL Council, former chair of its Pedagogy Committee, is Patron of the English and Media Centre, and a ‘Leading Thinker’ for the National Education Trust. He became General Secretary of ASCL in April 2017.

Emma Kell

Dr Emma Kell has been teaching for 21 years, mainly in London secondary schools. In 2016, she completed her doctorate on balancing teaching and parenting. In January 2018 her book “How to Survive in Teaching” was published. She tweets regularly to her over 10,000 followers from @thosethatcan and describes herself as a stubborn optimist who feels privileged to be part of a wider community of educators. Her ultimate aim is to play part in ensuring that teachers are well-trained, motivated and are able to be humans as well as teachers.