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Who can fix the teacher recruitment and retention crisis?

5:30pm-7:00pm on Wednesday 20 March

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Faculty of Education, Donald McIntyre Building (Rooms GS4 & GS5) 184 Hills Road, CB2 8PQ

England is struggling with a severe crisis in teacher retention and supply that some have called “catastrophic”. Alongside an exodus of experienced educators from the profession, government targets for teacher recruitment are now routinely being missed. At the start of this academic year, for example, Department for Education data showed that just half the required number of trainee teachers for secondary school level had been recruited country-wide: a deficit of over 12,500.

If this trend continues, schools that are already stretched thin, with crumbling infrastructure and dwindling resources, may have to compromise further on quality. Class sizes could rise, and more children may have to be taught by teachers without expertise in the subject, or by teaching assistants and supply staff.

How do we turn this around? Will better pay prove a magic bullet as some hope? Or do we need to rethink the whole process of recruitment, teacher education and the nature of teaching itself, so that high-quality candidates see teaching as a career worth pursuing?

This ‘Question Time’-style discussion will take place at the Faculty of Education: the home of Cambridge’s PGCE initial teacher education programmes, and a leading centre of educational expertise. We will be joined by a panel of experts from teaching, policy and academia to unpick the recruitment and retention crisis, and ask: who can fix it, and how?

Booking/Registration is: RECOMMENDED

Additional Information

Age: Adults
Format: Talk
Timing: In person
Cost: 0
Event Capacity: 200
Theme: Society
Accessibility: Accessible toilet, Full access, Step-free access
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