Heads face recruitment nightmare where fortune favours the brave

Can schools’ recruitment nightmare be transformed by dream jobs? Education Recruiters will not have been surprised to hear of Sir Michael Wilshaw’s concerns in Ofsted’s most recent Annual Report.  He outlined the fact that schools all over the country are struggling to recruit, and worries that this is having a detrimental effect across the board. 

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It’s official, it’s grim up North…

So said Sir Michael Wilshaw in a speech at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) earlier this year.  He developed concerns previously expressed in Ofsted’s Annual Report last December, based on a worrying  assertion: ‘if you were to draw a line roughly from the Wash to the Bristol Channel, 79% of the secondary schools

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Interview Tips

Love them or hate them, interviews are an inevitable part of securing a new teaching post. Few of us are entirely at ease talking with a group of strangers about ourselves, our accomplishments and what we see ourselves achieving in the coming years. Even the most experienced interviewees will benefit from remembering some key points:

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The Burning Question for NQTs: What does Excellence Look Like?

  The trouble with excellence – like the ‘je ne sais quoi’ – is that it really is very difficult to pin down. Sir Michael Wilshaw is somewhat less than helpful when he asserts his reluctance to prescribe a particular style of teaching. Better still is his paraphrasing of Tony Blair’s advice: ‘what works is

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Help Please!

Children are currently facing ‘an extraordinary range of pressure’ said Malcolm Trobe, interim general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) on Saturday at their annual conference in Birmingham. A survey of head teachers reported that 79% of respondents had seen an increase in self harm or suicidal thoughts among students and

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Confessions of a Compliance Officer…

When you think of a ‘Compliance Officer’, what images spring to mind? Clipboards, peaked caps – perhaps lists of items to be ticked off one by one? At Hourglass Education we don’t insist on uniform, but we are very serious about compliance. It’s an area which we have seen changing enormously over the past few

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Are you a Canadian teacher frustrated by the lack of opportunity at home?

Despite their high quality and extensive training, newly qualified teachers in Canada are finding it almost impossible to find supply or full-time jobs. Drastic reductions in the student-age population and the 2012 introduction of Regulation 274 are leading to a pool of untapped and extremely frustrated talent. UK schools have not been shy in opening

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Watch out, the Easter Bunny’s About!

There’s not much that’s straightforward about Easter. The Church, its loudest cheerleader isn’t even consistent about when it should be! Systems for calculating the date are as mysterious as the storylines behind the festival, mixing elements of theology, astronomy and mathematics. Equally confounding are fundamental aspects of this ‘celebration’ – the horrible humiliation, torture and

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Dodging the blows – is pupil behaviour worse than ever in UK state schools?

News of The Association of Teachers and Lecturers’ (ATL) recent survey exploded onto newsstands recently. The findings certainly are shocking; with almost half of the education staff surveyed having experiencing physical violence from a pupil in the last year. Fifty per cent of respondents said that dealing with this behaviour was stressful, and some (41%)

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