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Hertfordshire schools meet over 560 job hunters at the award-winning Teach in Herts Teacher Recruitment Fair

Over 560 people visited this year’s Teach in Herts Teacher Recruitment Fair on Saturday 4th March, to talk face-to-face with representatives from over 300 Hertfordshire schools looking to recruit for their job vacancies.

Now in its third year, the award-winning Teach in Herts Teacher Recruitment Fair, which is hosted by the UK’s largest schools company Herts for Learning at its headquarters in Stevenage, continues to grow in popularity for both Hertfordshire schools and job hunters alike, with visitor numbers increasing each year. The event is free for both Hertfordshire schools and visitors to attend.

Job hunters had travelled from far and wide to attend the Fair Recruitment, including many from outside Hertfordshire, having heard about it though their University or the local press and media. One Physical Education PGCE student had travelled up from Chichester University for the Recruitment Fair saying: “I heard the advert on Capital Radio and just had to come”.

Visitors talked face-to-face with staff from primary, secondary, middle and special schools and academies about their job vacancies, with many registering their interest or applying for jobs on the spot as well as attending some of the workshops on offer.

Tracey was just one of the many job hunters who reported back on a successful day, saying she was “hopeful for a for a new position in September” after exploring the “many opportunities” on offer, while Hollie was keen to congratulate the organisers on a ‘Great day’ and saying it was a “Great opportunity for teachers! Well done!”

Many of the schools attending the event left with long lists of potential candidates for their job vacancies and commenting on the increase in number of qualified teachers attending, which this year was over 50%:

Yvette Page, Headteacher at Harwood Hill JMI & Nursery School in Welwyn Garden City said:

This has been a fantastic event for us. We are looking to recruit from the fair so this is a great opportunity to meet potential candidates.”

While Paula Flint, Director of Business and Resources at the Barclay School in Stevenage said:

There’s been an interesting mix of people, including lots of qualified teachers but even people looking to volunteer at our school.”

Speaking about how important the event is for schools in Hertfordshire, Jan Paine, Managing Director of Herts for Learning said:

Hertfordshire is a unique and special place to live and work as a teacher. Our schools are amongst the best in the country because we work together to provide staff with unrivalled career support and continuous professional development."

We are delighted that so many people visited the Teacher Recruitment Fair today to come and experience the many benefits of teaching in Hertfordshire and we look forward to seeing lots of new faces in our schools and academies as they join our family of schools."

This Herts for Learning Ltd funded annual event is an important day in the calendar, but with over 500 schools opportunities for high-quality staff arise throughout the year; so we would urge any qualified teachers and those about to qualify this summer to regularly check out our Teach in Herts website and sign up for Job Alerts. Some schools will be recruiting for roles starting in September right up until the end of the Summer Term.”

Speaking after the Fair, Anne Taylor, Head of School Recruitment Services at Teach in Herts, said:

With the teacher shortage crisis dominating national news in recent weeks, this event is more important and relevant than ever for Hertfordshire schools.

It has once again provided schools and academies with a fantastic opportunity to recruit the very best teachers and also to showcase the support that is available to teachers in Hertfordshire. We were incredibly pleased with the turn out and saw many schools leave with a list of potential candidates."

Although it took months of planning, the positive feedback that we received from attendees and Hertfordshire schools makes it all worthwhile. Everyone at Herts for Learning and Teach in Herts would like to thank all the schools who gave up their time and to the workshop speakers, who added to the overall success of the event.”

Seventeen different workshops were available throughout the day for new, returning and overseas trained teachers, as well as those looking to get into teaching or progress their teaching career. These included insights into what it is like working in a variety of Hertfordshire schools including Catholic, Church of England and special needs schools and an informative talk about multi-academy trusts. Support and advice surgeries were also available to overseas-qualified teachers, those returning to teaching and those looking to progress from teaching assistant to teacher.

Educational experts were also on hand to provide face-to-face support and guidance on living and working as a teacher in Hertfordshire in addition to the University of Hertfordshire, the University of Cambridge, the National College for Teaching and Leadership, seven of Hertfordshire’s nine Teaching School Alliances who run the School Direct programmes and UK NARIC who provide certification to allow overseas qualifications to be matched to UK recognised qualifications.

Please visit the Teach in Herts website www.teachinherts.com for all the latest job vacancies in Hertfordshire for new, current, returning and overseas trained teachers.