How to retain teachers

In the debate over teacher retention we are in danger of distraction from a simple truth. The old clich├ęd call that we want teachers for whom teaching is a vocation resulted in a limited debate about teachers’ workload and an expectation that dedicated and hard-working teachers would not need time with their families and friends. But we should not be lulled into a false sense of security by the recent attention this issue has received from the DfE. Business as usual has seen a rush to make intuitively motivated or even whimsical changes to the national curriculum, the inspection framework, teacher training, and school governance. Meanwhile anything to do with teacher wellbeing is left for local solutions to be tentatively, slowly and deliberately mulled over. Continue reading