Recruiting, developing and retaining the best leaders and teachers

Why this is an issue

The proportion of schools with a teacher vacancy rate of more than 5% is high for both Fenland and East Cambridgeshire. Headteachers are reporting that the numbers of candidates applying for roles is very low, despite looking at new ways to recruit teachers.

The percentage of pupils in Fenland attending a primary school rated outstanding or good for leadership and management is low.

What we will do

  • Invite all schools to apply for £10,000 to spend on incentives to attract new teachers
  • Develop a new foundation teacher training programme
  • Develop a marketing campaign to advertise teaching careers
  • Work with Teach First to offer more new placements
  • Recruit 70 to 100 aspiring and existing school leaders on to fully funded national professional qualifications
  • Deliver new training through the teaching and leadership innovation fund programme (TLIF)

Our targets

  • By 2021, the full-time teacher vacancy rates in primary and secondary schools will be below the national average
  • By 2021, the percentage of all pupils attending a primary school rated outstanding or good for leadership and management will increase to at least 86% (compared to 76% in August 2017)
  • By 2021, the percentage of all pupils attending a primary school rated outstanding or good for leadership and management will increase to at least 95% (compared to 85% in August 2017)