Use ‘golden handcuffs’ to keep teachers in state schools

Dec 1, 2015 by

Michael Wilshaw calls for urgent action over teacher shortages and highlights north-south divide in English secondaries

Sir Michael Wilshaw has called for “golden handcuffs” to help keep teachers in state schools, and said the government needed to urgently tackle the shortage of teaching staff across England.

The Ofsted chief inspector, in his annual report on education and skills in England, highlighted the difficulty struggling schools had recruiting staff, and said the government’s teacher training reforms – pushing initial teacher training into schools – were allowing good schools to monopolise hiring.

“As a result there is an emerging two-tier system, with one group of schools more able to recruit and another less able to do so,” Wilshaw said.

“The danger of this if not addressed is that this will further intensify the disparity in local and regional performance and entrench the divide in quality across the country.”

He said the headteacher of a “less than good school” had complained that “training schools usually kept hold of the best trainees for themselves”.

Source: Use ‘golden handcuffs’ to keep teachers in state schools – Ofsted chief | Education | The Guardian

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