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Why are teachers leaving the profession in droves, and what can we do about it?
Department for Education figures reveal that in the 12 months to November 2014 almost 50,000 qualified teachers in England left the state sector. As the RSA Academies Teaching School Alliance launches its own initial teacher training scheme, we are gathering an expert panel to ask how we can ensure that teaching continues to be an attractive career choice that recruits and retains bright, creative and passionate people to the profession.
With almost one in ten of all teachers leaving the profession, an increasingly complicated and fragmented Initial Teacher Training landscape, more financially appealing private sector alternatives, and a substantial increase in the number of children entering the school system, a perfect storm of negatives is brewing. Working alongside RSA Academies and the University of Warwick, we will bring together a panel of experts to explore the varied issues around the impending teacher recruitment crisis.
How have the reforms to teacher training impacted this issue? What role has the introduction of tuition fees played? Should we be looking to recruit from abroad? Members of the panel will discuss these questions and more, exploring the stories behind the statistics and offering their own potential solutions to this pressing issue.