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There are reports of a potential "recruitment" crisis for schools across the UK, after Ofsted warn that the number of people entering the teaching profession has dropped over the past year by 17%.
The Department for Education has stated that there is no crisis, but a leaked email from the department revealed details of a possible international recruitment drive.
To address the growing need in so-called “rural and dispersed areas”, Teach First – which says its model of attracting bright graduates who may not have otherwise considered teaching is bearing fruit – and will this year move into schools in Blackpool, Great Yarmouth, Norwich, and on the Isle of Wight.
There are also indications that finding qualified staff for some subjects is even proving tough at schools rated outstanding by Ofsted, with a Headteacher from central London commenting that in the six years that he has been hiring, finding teachers with the necessary maths and science skills has become “very challenging”. As a result, he now employs a recruitment agency to headhunt students who he can hire directly from university.
Academics has many years experience in recruiting experienced and newly qualified teachers from overseas, including candidates from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Ireland, as well as working with candidates already based in the UK. If your school is currently experiencing difficulties with their direct recruitment, get in touch with your local Academics consultant today.