Freddie Whittaker covers the Sutton Trust’s The Recruitment Gap research in an article for Schools Week.

The recruitment gap report, published by the Sutton Trust today, also found that more than half of teachers would want to see a “clearly enforced and effective behaviour policy” in place before moving to a school serving a more disengaged community.

The report, by Teacher Tapp’s Dr Becky Allen and Laura McInerney, is based on the views of 3,000 teachers in state-funded and independent schools in England, and makes a series of policy recommendations aimed at aiding recruitment and retention in disadvantaged communities.

It found that teachers in the poorest schools were twice as likely to report a lack of suitably qualified teachers, but that many teachers would be willing to consider a local move to a school in special measures with recruitment challenges, provided the conditions are right.

For example, 54 per cent of teachers said they’d want to see an effective behaviour policy in a school before moving. The report points out such a policy is “costly only in terms of senior leadership time needed to implement”.


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