1st Edition

Recruiting and Retaining Teachers Understanding Why Teachers Teach

By Anne Cockburn, Terry Haydn Copyright 2004

    Why is there a teacher shortage? How can headteachers recruit and retain good teachers?

    As teacher shortage becomes an ever greater problem, headteachers and senior management teams are looking for more effective ways to attract and keep teachers in their schools. This book gives useful advice on how to do this and covers issues such as:

    * Young people's career selection
    * Choosing a first teaching job
    * Sustaining interest in the profession
    * Being a supply teacher and what individuals and others can do to enhance the situation

    Based on research with teachers about why they teach and what attracts them to the schools they teach in, Recruiting and Retaining Teachers will be helpful to headteachers and senior managers in all schools. It will also be of interest to education managers, education authority advisers and policy makers.

    Introduction 1. Recruiting and Retaining Good Teachers: A Non-Trivial Facet of Education Policy 2. What Do Job Seekers Want? 3. What Factors Influence the Quality of Trainees' School Experience? 4. What Are Trainee Teachers Looking for in their First Posts? 5. What Do Teachers What? The Quality of Teachers Working Lives 6. How Do Schools Attract and Retain Good Supply Teachers? 7. So What Can Schools Do?


    Anne Cockburn is Dean of the School of Education at the University of East Anglia and was previously Primary PGCE course director and mathematics tutor.

    Terry Haydn is lecturer in History at the University of East Anglia and has substantial experience of working with ITE Partnerships.