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More efforts being made to keep best teachers in the district

More efforts being made to keep best teachers in the district

Bradford has been chosen by the Government to pilot a scheme to attract more teachers into the profession.

The Department for Education has chosen the district to trial a more localised version of its Get Into Teaching campaign, using advertising to try and convince more people to become teachers.

It is just the latest in a number of innovative schemes being trialled to prevent a drain of teachers from the district's schools.

Recently released figures show that Bradford has a higher than average "wastage" rate of teachers leaving its schools. In the 2015/16 academic year, 485 teachers left Bradford schools, 14.7% of the total number of teachers in the district.

The national average wastage rate is 10.6%. Along with Norfolk, which has also experiences difficulties recruiting teachers in the past, Bradford will pilot the programme, run by the National College for Teaching & Leadership.

It started late last year, and will roll out further in the coming weeks. The pilot will test whether "additional regionalised marketing" will boost the number of people wanting to become teachers.

The campaign will include local advertising, "geo-targeted social media," increased advertising around Bradford, and events for potential educators.

Separately, there are numerous other schemes to improve teacher recruitment and retention, including encouraging teachers in challenging schools to take "secondments" in other schools rather than leave the profession, and sharing details of impressive teaching candidates between schools.

Source: The Telegraph & Argus

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