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Recruitment and Retention

Page last updated: 16/04/2019

A "Task and Finish" group has been formed to support schools as they face growing challenges in teacher recruitment and retention. The group compromises both headteacher representatives and key Local Authority officers. Current members of the group are:
  • Nigel Hookway - EPHA
  • Lyn Wright - Secondary Lead Commissioner
  • Graham Lancaster - Lead SEP: Projects
  • Gareth Burton - Local Authority Senior Communications Officer
  • Sue Hammond - link with National College
  • Clare Kershaw - Director
  • Simon Thompson - ASHE
  • Phillip Bell - ASHE
  • Keren Prior - Head of Education Services - EES for Schools
  • Edwin Parsons - Senior HR Consultant
  • Pam Langmead - EPHA
  • Helen Edwards - Lead for Teacher Recruitment - EES for Schools
  • TBC - CE Diocese
The group's aim is to pursue strategies which will be of assistance to schools in both recruiting and retaining key staff. Some finance has been provided through Schools' Forum. 

We have worked hard to raise the profile of Essex as an excellent place to live and work, using social media and creating videos of Essex teachers who have moved into the county. All of these resources are available from the Essex Schools Jobs​ website. 

There has been a focus on practical strategies for teacher retention. The contents of these documents (which are available below) have been provided by headteachers, for headteachers. Colleagues may find it helpful to consult their HR provider prior to implementing some of the strategies which are cited to ensure compliance. 

Creative ideas: We have been pleased to support some initiatives from EES for Schools and Teaching School Alliances in relation to pre initial training and return to teaching opportunities. Billericay TSA have developed programmes for leadership which they are disseminating across the county through other TSAs. Priory Street TSA are piloting a programme aimed at teachers in years 2-4 of their careers, a group who are at risk of leaving the profession. Take-up overseas trained teachers through our partnership with ANZUK, Smart and MB Education has been limited thus far. This initiative will continue through 2017/18 - see application process below. 

If any groups of schools have projects which they are developing they are welcome to send an outline business case to the group via​ and/or to make a short presentation at the next meeting. 


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