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UCU comment on Education Select Committee teacher recruitment and retention report

Commenting on the Education Select Committee report Retention and recruitment of teachers published today UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said:

'The committee is right to highlight the confusion caused by the proliferation of different routes into teaching and its damaging impact on teacher recruitment. The government's focus on expanding under-recruiting school-based programmes, while reducing teacher training at established universities, is only making the problem worse.

'The report also highlights the importance of supporting teachers' professional development to improve retention. If teaching is to remain an attractive career, teachers must continue to have professional status and be given the opportunity to draw on expertise from university education departments throughout their working life.'

Last updated: 23 February 2017