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Teach London and Recruiting Teachers

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 17th October 2019.

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Photo of Jennette Arnold Jennette Arnold Labour

The Sutton Trust recently reported (https://www.suttontrust.com/research-paper/teacher-recruitment-gap/) on the difficulties that schools in disadvantaged areas experience in recruiting the best teachers, compared to schools in wealthier areas. How does Teach London alleviate this problem?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Teach London supports teacher recruitment and retention, particularly promoting initial teacher training opportunities across London. It highlights the benefits of training to be a teacher in London and the city-wide opportunities available through City Hall to help schools recruit and retain teachers.

Our London research (www.nfer.ac.uk/teacher-supply-retention-and-mobility-in-london) did not find a particular problem to recruit teachers in London’s disadvantaged areas. It found that the high cost of housing is the most important factor in teachers leaving London. The Teach London web pages set out the work I am doing to make it easier and more affordable to teach and live in London. www.london.gov.uk/teach-london

Over the next six months Teach London will focus on recruitment and retention of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) teachers as they are substantially under-represented in the profession compared to London’s pupil population.