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Recruitment and Retention

Page last updated: 24/08/2020

​Essex formed a Steering Group to look at Recruitment and Retention (R&R). 

The group looked at ways to support schools as they faced growing challenges in R&R. 

​Members of the group:

  • Clare Kershaw, Director of Education for Essex

  • Nicola Woolf, Local Authority Lead for R&R

  • Sue Hammond, Eastern Region TSC

  • Kathleen Wall (Harlowfields, ESSET)

  • Heather Faulkner - LA

  • Sally Relfe, Education Operations Advisor - Minutes

  • Pam Langmead, EPHA

  • Simon Thompson, ASHE

  • Jo Wincott, ASHE

  • Ann Wilks, ITT

  • Nicki Harris, Essex HR

The group's aim is to pursue strategies which will be of help to schools in both recruiting and retaining key staff. 

Through the use of Essex social media and websites, we have raised the profile of Essex as an excellent place to live and work. Videos of Essex teachers who have moved into the county have been created and these are available on the Essex Schoo​ls Jobs​ website. 

There has been a focus on practical strategies for teacher retention. Headteachers have provided the documents below, to support other headteachers. It may be helpful to consult your HR provider before implementing some of the strategies. These are cited to ensure compliance:

​​If schools or groups have innovative projects which they are developing, please email nicola.woolf@essex.gov.uk​

Recent Update

A survey was sent out last year by the R&R group to cover the following areas:

  • Teacher Turnover and Retention
  • NQTs
  • Flexible / Part-time Working and Staff Wellbeing
  • Workload
These are the Survey Findings.
To follow up the survey, the group commissioned a national research organisation (ISOS Partnership). This was to undertake interviews with school leaders, and to summarise the evidence gathered into an accessible pack
Evidence was gathered in respect to retention practices in Essex schools under four themes:
  • Early Career Support
  • Flexible Working
  • Workload
  • Teacher Wellbeing
You can use the pack in many ways for discussion to consider whether you can use any of these strategies in your schools:
  • in Partnerships / MATs
  • item at a Governing Body / Committee meeting
  • SMT meetings
The group are very grateful for the time that school leaders gave to talk to the researcher. If you feel your school has any strategies to share please email nicola.woolf@essex.gov.uk

There is also information on recruitment and retention on the Gov.uk​ website.