Schools dangle golden hellos to find maths teachers in City

According to the Sunday Times, schools are offering maths and science teachers “golden hellos” of up to £20,000 and six-figure salaries to lure graduates away from jobs in the City.

The shortage of science teachers is reaching crisis levels, forcing some schools to offer lucrative enhancements. The six-figure salaries are for departmental heads in maths and science.

Head teachers are also looking abroad for graduates. Countries such as Poland and Russia have a better track record in maths and science teaching than the UK.

John Howson, a teacher recruitment expert, said a survey of job advertisements revealed the high salary packages on offer, many of which included “recruitment points”, the technical term for a golden hello.

Hundreds of schools are desperately trying to fill empty posts for the autumn. Howson said: “Schools that want really high calibre candidates are prepared to push the boat out and pay more. It is a race to the top and it is worrying.”

Alison Wolf, a professor at King’s College London, who is setting up one of a chain of specialist maths schools to train mathematicians for the future, agreed.

“In most of the schools I know it’s not a question of paying a premium to attract these teachers — schools just cannot find them. Golden hellos do make some difference but they are not solving the problem. The reality is that there is an acute shortage of qualified graduates,” she said…

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove £100k per year for HoDs plus a £20k “hello”. Smell the coffee DfE: this is not sustainable

  2. andylutwyche

    “BramRaider: andylutwyche SchoolsImprove Once they’ve been through the reality TV show…” Fair point

  3. andylutwyche

    NuttySalt SchoolsImprove Nor would I but can schools actually afford it? If they can then something’s not right in the first place

  4. dajbelshaw

    andylutwyche frackham_edu SchoolsImprove Have you heard of Rocketship, etc. in USA? Large salaries but a lot fewer teachers. Same model?

  5. JulietteBaldwin

    SchoolsImprove Meanwhile rural schools continue to struggle to recruit to English and Mathematics posts. This is not sustainable.

  6. kitandrew1

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove have a look at primary headship growing crisis outside London. Then look at salaries. It’s interesting.

  7. andylutwyche

    dajbelshaw frackham_edu SchoolsImprove Heard of it but know almost nothing. Could be the model they are after

  8. andylutwyche

    kitandrew1 SchoolsImprove And the cause? We all have our own theories but I bet most revolve around DfE, Ofsted & media portrayal of staff

  9. kitandrew1

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove these + parental pressure! lack of support in some LAs, poor governance & high accountability for £ paid.

  10. kitandrew1

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove I know and worry about it, can feel a blog coming on, from a serial Deputy’s perspective…

  11. andylutwyche

    kitandrew1 SchoolsImprove Deputies may have their hands forced to fill the void, probably against their wishes. Really not healthy

  12. andylutwyche

    kitandrew1 SchoolsImprove Deputies may have their hands forced to fill the void, probably against their wishes. Really not healthy

  13. kitandrew1

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove agree entirely. It also leads to some very inexperienced Heads. Not a bad thing per se, but can cause problems

  14. andylutwyche

    “PrincesBold: andylutwyche NuttySalt SchoolsImprove
    Teachers Agents just like Soccer Agents, this is gonna get Messi” Puntastic!

  15. andylutwyche

    “CaraServices: andylutwyche SchoolsImprove So do they return the £20k if they fail?” Good question

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