The Future of the Teaching Workforce

Oct 19, 2015

You are invited to a Policy Exchange and ASCL half-day conference and seminar on the topic of the future of teacher supply in England.

If no education system can exceed the quality of its teachers, then ensuring that we have sufficient number and quality of teachers, in the schools where they are needed, must be one of any government’s greatest educational responsibilities. Indications are that the overall supply of teachers will be at its tightest for some time over the next few years. But what can be done about it? And where does the issue lie? is it about broad macroeconomic factors and a recovering economy? What does the recruitment picture look like? Should we be focussing on ITT and early CPD, or broader mid and late career retention? What can be done to attract teachers to areas of the country and schools who need them the most?

It is therefore a timely occasion on which to discuss this issue. Policy Exchange is delighted to be partnering with ASCL to host this half day conference to consider these issues. With three high powered panel discussions plus a keynote address, all with leading figures from across the education field, this will be a great chance to discuss practical policy work that could be done in the near future.

Time Session Speakers
0830-0900 Refreshments
0900-0910 Introduction • Jonathan Simons – Head of Education, Policy Exchange
• Allan Foulds – President, ASCL
0910-1000 Panel 1: Teaching supply, the macro picture • Brian Lightman – General Secretary, ASCL
• Professor John Howson – Managing Director of and Norham Fellow – University of Oxford Department of Education
• James Darley – Director of Graduate Recruitment, Teach First
• Prof Merryn Hutchings – Emeritus Professor, London Metropolitan University and author of What impact does the wider economic situation have on teachers’ career decisions?
1000-1050 Panel 2: Recruitment, ITE and the professional learning continuum • Sian Carr – Principal, Skinners Kent Academy and Vice President, ASCL
• Tom Bennett – DfE ‘Behaviour Tsar’, and Director of ResearchED
• David Weston – Chair, Teachers Professional Development Expert Group and Chief Executive, Teacher Development Trust
• Prof Sam Twisleton – Director of the Sheffield Institute for Education, Sheffield Hallam University
• Leila Mactavish, Head of ITE, The Pimlico-London SCITT
1050-1100 Break
1100-1150 Panel 3: Teacher deployment in a flexible labour market • Ian Bauckham – Headteacher, Bennett Memorial Diocesan School and past President, ASCL
• Gary Holden – Chair, Teaching Schools Council and Executive Principal, The Williamson Trust
• Anna Trethewey – Senior Associate, LKMCo and co-author of forthcoming research on Why Teach?
• Kate Chhatwal – Chief Programme Officer, Future Leaders Trust
1150-1230 Keynote address • Sir Andrew Carter – Headteacher of South Farnham School and lead of Carter review of ITT
1230-1300 Conclusion and next steps



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