Retaining and developing the teaching workforce

Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, has commented on today’s report by the National Audit Office (NAO).

He said:

“This NAO report provides a challenging judgement on the work of this government in meeting its responsibilities around evidence-informed and impactful spending of scarce public resources in education, particularly around the improvement and retention of the existing teaching workforce.

“The report’s findings are an indictment of a record of failings that stretches back over several years.  The Department for Education has failed to engage with schools on issues of recruitment, retention and professional development. Its response to an ongoing crisis has been on a scale far too modest to achieve effective change and has failed to collect the basic information which would allow it to address acute local-level problems.

“We have long decried the Government’s limited focus on teacher recruitment, which ignores the early exodus made by many excellent and experienced teachers due to an inflexible and excessive-working-hours culture. Children's education will suffer if Government cannot fulfil its basic responsibility to train and retain enough qualified teachers

“Recruitment, retention, workload and professional development should be at the heart of Government policy for the teaching workforce. These issues cannot be left to schools: they are a responsibility of central government.”

ENDS

2017-008-NEU

Press release
12 September 2017