Hertfordshire schools help tackle teacher shortages

    Published: 29 March 2019

    The Department for Education (DfE) recently launched a strategy for recruiting and retaining school teachers in state-funded schools, which is based around four key priorities:

    1. School cultures,
    2. Early careers,
    3. Flexible careers and
    4. Attracting new teachers.

    Helping to address some of these issues, Herts for Learning (HfL) hosted its fifth annual Teach in Herts Teacher Recruitment Fair on behalf of Hertfordshire schools.

    The award-winning Teach in Herts Teacher Recruitment Fair was held at Fearnhill School in Letchworth Garden City on Saturday 23rd March.

    With 24 Hertfordshire schools in attendance representing many more schools within their district clusters, visitors had the opportunity to speak face-to-face with schools and educational representatives from across the county about current teaching vacancies.

    In addition to this, representatives from the DfE were able to offer advice on all routes into teaching, recent trainees spoke about their personal journeys and all were available to answer specific questions raised by attendees.  The universities of Cambridge and Hertfordshire as well as Hertfordshire Teaching School Alliances were available and all have training places available for September.

    Free workshops were provided for those wanting to get into teaching, newly qualified teachers and those interested in special education roles.

    Visitor feedback was incredibly positive.  Comments included: “Loved it.  Exceeded expectations!”, “Leaving with a buzz!” and “I would recommend it to anybody wanting to, or considering getting into teaching”.

    This was the second Teach in Herts Hertfordshire Teacher Recruitment Fair of 2019. A recruitment fair took place in Watford earlier this year and a further fair is being held at Goffs-Churchgate Academy in Cheshunt on Saturday 11th May 2019. Places can booked for the Cheshunt event here and further information can be found on the Teach in Herts website.

    Herts for Learning also held two dedicated ‘Get into Teaching’ fairs this year.

    The latest percentage of Hertfordshire schools rated good or outstanding by Ofsted was 88.5%, 3.2 percentage points higher than the national average. The percentage of schools rated good or outstanding for personal development, behaviour and welfare was 93.7%, 2.3 percentage points higher than the national average.

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