Teachers Would Move To Tougher Schools For A Promotion Or Reduced Timetable
Shocking new research has revealed that over 50 per cent of teachers would move to a tougher school for a promotion or reduced timetable. The Recruitment Gap report, published today by the Sutton Trust, also found that more than half of teachers would want to see a “clearly enforced and effective behaviour policy” in place before moving to a school serving a more disengaged community.
The report has been written by Teacher Tapp’s Dr Becky Allen and Laura McInerney. They researched the views of 3,000 teachers in state-funded and independent schools in England, and have used their research to make a series of policy recommendations in order to improve recruitment and retention in disadvantaged communities. The study has shown that teachers in the poorest schools are twice as likely to report a lack of suitably qualified teachers. Conversely, many teachers would consider a local move to a school in special measures with recruitment challenges, provided conditions were met. For example, over half of teachers said they’d require an effective behaviour policy in a school before moving. The report went on to say that the policy would be “costly only in terms of senior leadership time needed to implement”.
Forty-nine per cent of teachers surveyed would be interested by a substantial promotion, which would cost schools £5,000 or more. 48 per cent would consider moving for a 25 per cent timetable reduction – this would cost £10,000 per teacher.
The research comes in the midst of a massive recruitment crisis. Last year, the government recruited only sightly more teachers than those that left the profession. Also last year, the DfE published their recruitment and retention strategy. It included plans to overhaul bursaries so payments come in phases. This would give more to teachers who work in challenging schools.
What Could Schools Offer?
Interestingly, the new research also shows that there are other, low-cost perks that schools could offer. One of these was a lower marking load – something we know quite a lot about!
Another vital resource that schools can take advantage of is Pupil Premium funding. The research emphasised that the government should focus on schools spending the extra funding on teacher salaries and development. The report went on to state that this “may help disadvantaged schools to overcome their recruitment struggles”.
James Zuccollo is the director for school workforce at the Education Policy Institute. He said that getting high quality teachers into hard to staff areas is “undoubtedly one of the greatest policy challenges facing the Department for Education”. He continued:
One remedy is to introduce pay supplements for teachers in shortage subjects, particularly for those teaching in the poorest schools. This is supported by today’s survey, which suggests teachers would apply to teach in disadvantaged schools, if offered a promotion.
We want to know what you think. Would you take a job in a tougher school if it meant a promotion or reduced workload? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!