Exploring Recruitment, Retention and Region
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It has been widely argued that teacher retention and recruitment for schools in England has moved from challenge to crisis over the last few years (NUT, 2017). UCAS has reported significant reductions in teacher trainee applications and acceptance over the same period. Latest figures show that 51% of teachers leave the profession within three years of qualifying (Try teaching, 2017).

Regional differences in England have been reported as a factor in low student attainment and school performance (Ofsted, 2016). There appear to be differential educational outcomes for coastal, rural, city and small schools, which include issues of teacher recruitment and retention (Future Leaders Trust, 2015).

Supported by Plymouth University and Plymouth Marjon University, this one-day conference seeks to explore the new three ‘R’s’ that are challenging student attainment and school improvement - Recruitment, Retention and Region. 

This is a timely event that will share up-to-date research findings from leading academics and offer evidence-based strategies being developed by universities, colleges and schools in partnership.

  • Keynote lecture: Professor Stephen Gorard, Durham University
  • Speakers include: Professor John Howson, Professor Sonia Blandford, Professor Sam Twisleton, Lee Northern (Ofsted)

Visit the conference webpage on the BERA website for programme information and/or to book a place. BERA members and non-members are welcome to attend.

Contact BERA for further information (tel: 020 7331 5217 / email: events@bera.ac.uk).


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