19th October 2016

Teacher supply inquiry: Education Policy Institute gives evidence to Select Committee

The Education Policy Institute’s Chief Economist Peter Sellen appeared before the House of Commons Education Select Committee this morning, as part of an inquiry into teacher supply. 

The session, which was the inquiry’s third since it was launched in 2015, heard the latest evidence on issues relating to retention, workload and morale for teachers in England.

Alongside the Education Policy Institute, evidence was given by representatives from the Nottingham Education Improvement Board, the College of Teaching, and the National Foundation for Educational Research. The inquiry also featured schools minister Nick Gibb MP, who faced several questions on developments since the Committee’s last evidence session on this area in June 2016.

Responding to questions on working hours and retention rates, England’s comparatively young workforce, and implications for teachers’ CPD, Peter Sellen raised findings from the recent EPI report Teacher workload and professional development in England’s secondary schools: insights from TALIS. Published earlier this month and based on the latest OECD survey data, the report examines teachers’ working hours, pay, and experience in secondary schools.

The new EPI report also featured in a recent House of Commons education questions session, in an exchange between Nick Gibb and recently appointed shadow schools minister Mike Kane MP.

You can watch today’s Select Committee inquiry in full on Parliament TV here.

Further information about the inquiry can be found here.

See also: 

Comment – Peter Sellen: ‘Long hours and low pay: why England’s teachers face burnout’, The Guardian