The latest initial teacher training figures and school workforce statistics paint an increasingly worrying picture of the state of the teaching profession. They demonstrate a continuing downward trend in recruitment numbers, and an increase in the number of teachers leaving the profession. Successive governments have recognised that the causes behind these trends must be understood and addressed, particularly if they are to meet the increasing demand for teachers as the number of pupils entering secondary school rise. In 2014 the government launched the ‘Workload Challenge’, and since taking office in 2018, the Secretary of State for Education has stated that the wellbeing of England’s teachers is currently a top priority for the Department of Education. So, what can be done, both on the ground and by the government, to reverse this trend, and make the profession attractive and fulfilling once more?
Members of the panel at this event include Geoff Barton (ASCL), Neil Carmichael (Former Chair, Education Select Committee), Russell Hobby (Teach First), Mark Lehain (New Schools Network), Steve Mastin (Conservative Education Society), and Alison Peacock (Chartered College of Teaching). Natalie Perera (Education Policy Institute) will be chairing the event.
The Education Policy Institute and ASCL invite you to discuss these issues at a fringe discussion at Conservative Party Conference. We very much hope you will be able to join us.
This event will be held in the Secure Zone. It is an open fringe event but a conference pass will be required to access the venue.
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