Government begins work to boost teacher recruitment

The Department for Education, headed by new Education Secretary Bridget Phillipson, will resume - and expand - the flagship teacher recruitment campaign, Every Lesson Shapes a Life. It will also restart its further education recruitment campaign, Share Your Skills.

The campaign aims to demonstrate that teaching is a fulfilling, exciting career which can make a real difference to children and young people’s lives, whilst also enabling people to progress professionally.

Bridget Phillipson will also write to all education workforces to make clear the valuable role they will play in this government’s agenda for change, hold a reception with key education stakeholders later this week, and will meet with teaching unions in the coming days.

This is part of the government’s pledge to recruit 6,500 new teachers.

Education Secretary Bridget Phillipson said: "From day one, we are delivering the change this country demands and putting education back at the forefront of national life. We will work urgently to recruit thousands of brilliant new teachers and reset the relationship between government and the education workforce.

"For too long the teaching profession has been talked down, side-lined and denigrated. I have made it my first priority to write today to the people at the centre of making change happen: our workforces.

"I want all children to have the best life chances which means recruiting and keeping great teachers in our classrooms – today is the first step in that mission.
Every Lesson Shapes a Life directs potential candidates to the Get into Teaching website, where they can access valuable support and advice from Teacher Training Advisers, a dedicated contact centre and a national programme of events."

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