At this year’s Labour Party Conference, the Education Policy Institute (EPI) has partnered with Teach First to co-host a private round-table discussion: ‘Building on the Covid recruitment bounce: the impact of recruitment and retention on social mobility’.
The pandemic has led to an increase in teacher numbers over the last year but the surge in recruitment appears to have stalled and is now returning to pre-pandemic levels. This comes amidst warnings that recruitment and retention levels are expected to decline again post-pandemic, as we look towards the critical phase of education recovery, in which teachers will play a crucial and important part. The Covid recruitment bounce offers an unprecedented opportunity to improve recruitment and retention, recognising that this area is uneven between affluent and disadvantaged schools. Prioritising teachers’ wellbeing and reducing workloads, beyond being beneficial in themselves, have also been shown to improve student outcomes.
Joining us in this discussion will be Natalie Perera, EPI; Russell Hobby, Teach First; Dr Mary Bousted, National Education Union; Geoff Barton, ASCL and Ann Donaghy, Noel-Baker Academy, alongside invited speakers Apsana Begum MP, Emma Hardy MP and Rushanara Ali MP.
** Please note that this is a private roundtable**