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Tuesday 12 March 2019: Teacher retention

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Today’s Education in the Media blog looks at how we are supporting teachers.

Teacher Retention

Today, Tuesday 12 March, governors at five leading state secondary schools have written an open letter which raises concerns over school funding and the impact on staffing. This has been published in and reported on by the Guardian.

The Education Secretary Damian Hinds has made it a priority to attract and keep great teachers through our new recruitment and retention strategy. The strategy includes the Early Career Framework which will be backed by £130m a year in extra funding when fully rolled out. It will also support teachers in their career progression and reducing workload.

In addition to this we are also working hard to ensure that school funding remains at its highest ever level, to support schools in delivering the education that pupils deserve.

The Education Secretary regularly meets head teacher unions, as do other Ministers from the department, in a continued effort to understand the challenges facing teachers and how we can support them as effectively as possible.

A Department for Education spokesperson said:

We are committed to make sure that teaching remains an attractive profession so we can attract and retain more great teachers. That is why we have launched first-ever integrated recruitment and retention strategy that also set out our plans to improve professional development, career progression and flexible working opportunities for teachers.

Since 2017, the UK government has given every local authority in England more money for every pupil in every school, and last summer saw the biggest teacher pay rise in almost 10 years, worth between £800 and £1,366 for classroom teachers and supported by a £508 million government grant.

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