House prices affecting schools’ ability to recruit

The East Anglian Daily Times is reporting that education leaders have warned recruiting teachers in some of Suffolk’s most desirable areas has become increasingly difficult because they cannot afford to move to the county.

Graham White, secretary for the Suffolk National Union of Teachers (NUT), said parts of the county struggled to attract newly qualified staff who could not afford to live in affluent towns such as Aldeburgh and Southwold.

His comments come after Southwold Primary School received a “requires improvement” rating in its latest Ofsted report, which highlighted problems with staffing…

John Beckett, who is chairman of governors at the school, said there were national difficulties in recruiting teachers, which had been “exacerbated” in Southwold.

“Although we would regard Suffolk as a nice part of the country to live, there are difficulties getting people to move here,” he added.

“One of the factors is house prices, which does make it harder to recruit. None of our teachers live in the town.”

According to Land Registry data, the average price of a house selling in Southwold in 2015 was more than £440,000.

More at: Parts of Suffolk ‘too expensive’ for schools to recruit teachers

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