Teacher crisis hits London as nearly half quit within five years
The Guardian | 4th October 2018
Conservatives criticised as retention rates drop and pupil numbers increase.
London schools are in the throes of a growing crisis in teacher retention, with figures revealing that more than four out of 10 quit the profession within five years of qualifying. Schools across England say they are struggling to recruit and retain staff, but the problem is most acute in inner London where just 57% of teachers who qualified in 2012 were still working in the classroom by 2017. According to new analysis of government figures by Labour MP Matthew Pennycook, of the 35,000 newly qualified teachers (NQTs) who started teaching in the capital since the Conservatives took power in 2010, more than 11,000 have already left. Retention rates have deteriorated year on year since 2011. More than a quarter of teachers recruited to London schools in 2015 had already left the classroom by November 2017 and over a third of new London teachers now leave within four years. Pennycook, MP for Greenwich and Woolwich in London, described the figures as alarming. “The crisis in teacher retention in London did not begin the day before yesterday, yet this Tory government still has no coherent plan to address the problem and no appetite to get to grips with the underlying drivers – workload, stagnant pay, rising living costs and a lack of genuinely affordable housing to rent and buy – that lie behind this worrying trend.”
Government accused of covering up schools’ cuts with misleading figures
The Guardian | 4th October 2018
Watchdog investigating use of spending tally that included private school fees.
The government has been accused of attempting to cover up school budget cuts in England, after the UK’s statistics watchdog said it would investigate ministers’ use of spending figures that included private school fees to fend off criticism. The UK Statistics Authority said it had received complaints about a recent claim, made by the Department for Education and the schools standards minister, Nick Gibb, that the UK’s spending on education was the third highest in the world. But the claim, based on OECD figures, was revealed by the BBC to include university student tuition loans as well as the fees paid by private school pupils, which fall outside the DfE’s budget. The department also faces scrutiny over its continued use of a claim that there are 1.9 million more children in schools rated by Ofsted as good or outstanding than at the time of the 2010 election. “The UK Statistics Authority and the Office for Statistics Regulation are investigating the concerns raised, and will publish their findings shortly,” a spokesperson for the regulator said.
Working Links appoints former apprentice as new Head of Apprenticeships
FE News | 4th October 2018
SKILLS experts Working Links have appointed former apprentice Emma Barrett-Peel to a newly-created position of Head of Apprenticeships to spearhead its work across the country. Emma will be supported by a team of specially recruited sector experts to deliver a range of Apprenticeships in professional business services, retail, customer service and leadership and management throughout England. Employers will be supported using a consultative approach to find the best training solutions for businesses regardless of size and ambition. Brighton-based Emma was an apprentice and the ‘on the job’ route created opportunities for her to become a business manager, taking on her own apprentices, before rising through the ranks to successfully manage Apprenticeships provisions for independent training providers, such as Catch 22. Emma believes in the value of Apprenticeships, which has brought her to Working Links, where she now leads the charge for work-based training.