The Birmingham Mail is reporting that teachers are to be offered “special packages” to lure them to the city after the Trojan Horse scandal left them desperate for staff…
The terms would not include higher pay but would instead offer career progression and the chance to become involved in school improvement measures.
The city education commissioner Sir Mike Tomlinson, who was parachuted in following the scandal, said: “The biggest issue facing schools is recruitment.
“It is a problem nationally but certainly in Birmingham there is the added challenge (of Trojan Horse).
“The national media have talked very negatively about Birmingham schools, focussing on a small proportion of them.“It means all schools have been affected by the activities of a few – that’s added to the problem with recruitment.
“Many, many teachers don’t put pay at the top of their list, they put personal and professional development first…”
Sir Mike said he believed the initiative could see Birmingham “lead the way” in national school improvement…
Birmingham obviously has specific issues to overcome, but can you see more cities getting their schools to work together to help recruitment?
if you are a teacher, would the kind of opportunities being discussed make you reconsider a city?
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