Carter plan to tackle ‘desperate’ teacher retention problems

The TES is reporting that new teachers should be put on a 10-year career plan which could see them become senior leaders by the age of 30, according to the national schools commissioner.

Sir David Carter made his proposal to help tackle a “desperate” teacher recruitment and retention problem at Whole Education’s annual conference in London, but later stressed this was not official DfE policy.

He called for groups of schools to work together – “call them trusts, call them teaching school alliances, I don’t really care what they are called” – to conceive the decade-long career path.

He set out the following plan for new teachers entering the profession:

Years one and two: induction
Years three and four: work with other new teachers to develop their pedagogy together; lead pedagogy for their organisation
Years five and six: getting ready for a leadership role
Years seven and eight: start fullfilling leadership roles
Years nine and 10: take senior leadership roles

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  1. northern teacher

    He makes it sound so simple, maybe someone at some point will realise that they need to do something about hanging on to the decent teachers that have devoted their lives to the profession already. Maybe they need to look at devising some kind of scheme to keep the current crop of teachers instead of coming up with half baked ideas to keep the dwindling numbers of NQTs.

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