Herts for Learning has once again been shortlisted for the School Recruitment Award at this year’s Education Business Awards.
Building on from the success of last year’s Education Business Awards, which saw Herts for Learning (HfL) win the 2016 School Recruitment Award for its Teach in Herts Teacher Recruitment Fair, this year’s entry showcased how HfL has worked with local schools to develop both its Teacher Recruitment Fair and launch their new Enhanced Leadership Recruitment Service.
Anne Taylor, Head of Recruitment Services at HfL, said:
I am delighted that we have once again been shortlisted for this award, recognising the investment Herts for Learning has made in Teach in Herts to raise awareness of the excellent training and support provided for Hertfordshire teachers when they join one of our schools. Our Teacher Recruitment Fair is aimed at both those already studying on teacher training programmes and to encourage people to change careers and move into teaching, bringing their wealth of industry and management experience with them."
This year’s event was so positive and the atmosphere for delegates, schools and workshops presenters was very uplifting and the feedback was excellent from everyone who took part.
In addition, this year, we have developed a new leadership recruitment service which provides governors recruiting for new headteachers an opportunity to create a challenging assessment centre day with the guidance of our recruitment specialists, ensuring they recruit just the right person for their school."
The Education Business School Recruitment Award recognises “an educational establishment which has invested in its recruitment methods and processes to ensure a timely intake of appropriate teaching and support staff” and the Teach in Herts team are looking forward to joining other shortlisted organisations at The Grange Hotel, London on 6th July for the prestigious 2017 Business Education Awards presentations.
Teach in Herts advertises current job vacancies in Hertfordshire schools through its website teachinherts.co.uk job site which also details the new Enhanced Leadership Recruitment Service that provides support and guidance to school governors looking to recruit a new headteacher or deputy headteacher for their school. This service has been specifically developed for Hertfordshire school settings and includes advertising pack creation, candidate shortlisting, preparation and support of a challenging assessment day of activities and questions based on the headteacher competency framework.
Details of this year’s Herts for Learning’s entry for the 2017 Recruitment Award are included below.
Herts for Learning – meeting the recruitment needs of schools in Hertfordshire
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 and to attract people into the teaching profession.
Now in its third year, the award-winning Teach in Herts Teacher Recruitment Fair, hosted by Herts for Learning (HfL), continues to grow in popularity for both Hertfordshire schools, and job hunters alike, with visitor numbers increasing each year.
Anne Taylor, Head of School Recruitment Services at Teach in Herts, said:
Once again, our Teacher Recruitment Fair provided schools and academies with a fantastic opportunity to recruit the very best teachers and allowed Herts for Learning to showcase the support that’s available to teachers and NQTs in Hertfordshire. We were incredibly pleased with the turnout and saw 96% of schools leave with a list of potential candidates. Schools were delighted with the increase in number of qualified teachers attending, which this year was over 50%.”
Seventeen different workshops were available throughout the day aimed at experienced, new, returning and overseas-trained teachers, as well as those looking to get into teaching or progress their teaching career.
50% of visitors were interested in entering the teaching profession and there were a range of educational experts on hand to give one-to-one support and guidance including representatives from the University of Hertfordshire, the University of Cambridge, the National College for Teaching and Leadership, Hertfordshire’s Teaching School Alliances and UK NARIC.
Building on the success and reputation of the teacher recruitment services provided by Teach in Herts, HfL is piloting a new service this year that provides support and guidance to school governors looking to recruit a new headteacher or deputy headteacher for their school.
The Enhanced Leadership Recruitment Service offers advertising pack creation, candidate shortlisting, preparation and support of a challenging assessment day of activities and questions based on the Headteacher competency framework. This service has been specifically developed for Hertfordshire school settings and initial feedback has been very positive.
Herts for Learning, a not-for-profit company, is dedicated to improving standards and education in Hertfordshire and beyond, and its Recruitment Steering Group works on behalf of all 521 Herts for Learning shareholding schools to identify areas that will improve the recruitment position in Hertfordshire.
Members of the Steering Group include primary, special, secondary school headteachers, head of business directorate, director of education primary, lead adviser secondary, head of school recruitment and the managing director of HfL and their core objectives for 2017 are:
- executive leadership - A development programme for senior leaders to meet the needs of newly forming multi academy trusts.
- recruitment fairs - Encouraging people into the profession, attending university fairs across the country, planning for other Hertfordshire events and shaping advertising campaigns.
- routes into teaching - Supporting the development of all routes into teaching for current and future support staff roles, including apprenticeship pathways.