The recruitment gap: attracting teachers to schools serving disadvantaged communities

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McIrney, Laura; Allen; Rebecca
Sutton Trust
Date of publication
10 July 2019
Children and Young People
Social welfare
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The Sutton Trust sees teaching staff recruitment issues as a cause for the existing attainment gap between students coming from a disadvnataged social background and their peers from a more privileged social background. Schools located in disadvantaged communities find it more difficult to recruit qualified teaching staff (especially in maths and sciences).

- Schools located in disadvantaged areas struggle to recruit qualified teachers and subject teaching staff.

- Their teaching career is less meaningful to staff in disadvantaged schools.

- It is often only possible to recruit staff locally to schools in disadvantaged areas.

The Sutton Trust's recommendations are:

- Government should monitor teacher recruitment, especially since not all schools are equally affected by teacher shortages.

- Pupil premium money should be used to support teaching staff recruitment.

- Government bursaries should be offered to attract teachers to work in schools in less privileged areas.

- Initial allocation should be channeled to assure equally balanced coverage of qualified staff and subject teacher provision.

- Schools should be assisted and invest to be able to provide and appealing working invironment, promote their schools and offer training opportunities.

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