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Headteacher insight: How to protect your staff from everyday pressures

Posted by Liam Collins on 15 May, 2018

Guest blog from Headteacher at Uplands Community College, Liam Collins. Find him at @LiamHCollins

As this is my 6th year as a headteacher, it feels like the time to reflect on the journey so far and the next stage of my school’s development.  The last five years have been tough because of the tsunami of change that has washed over us. As the majority of OFSTED accountability moved onto SLTs’ shoulders, it became easy to let the wave of DfE change crash onto the staff, because, as schools, we have just not had the time to reflect on what has happened since 2010.

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What can school leaders do to improve teacher retention?

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 3 May, 2018

You can’t go anywhere these days without hearing about the current teacher retention crisis. But is it really a crisis and if it is, what can you do as a leader to avoid it in your school?

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Building professional efficacy: The key to reducing teacher turnover?

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 30 April, 2018

When we talk about teacher retention, it’s often alongside topics such as workload, stress and pay.

But, developing and retaining high-quality and motivated teaching staff is not just about salary and wellbeing. It’s also about job satisfaction and building a sense of value and worth in the profession; a sense of professional self-efficacy.

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Is teacher retention really about workload?

Posted by Kate Herbert-Smith on 25 April, 2018

UK teachers rank second to last in OECD league tables of teacher longevity in the classroom. Only 48% of teachers have more than 10 years in the profession, but, regardless of Damian Hinds comments at the annual ASCL conference 2018, workload is not necessarily the primary factor for so many leaving, according to research.

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John Hattie: 5 things you can do to improve staff retention

Posted by Rosie Neill on 25 July, 2016

In an exclusive interview with IRIS Connect, Professor John Hattie answered questions about how the education system can boost staff retention levels.

As Professor of Education and Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, Hattie's answers are based on decades of studying schools around the world.

Discover his 5 tips for keeping high quality teachers in the classroom...

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