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Teacher recruitment, training and retention


The Committee will investigate the current state of teacher retention and recruitment, the main factors causing difficulties, and the impact on students. This includes assessing how well the current teacher training framework works to prepare new teachers, and how England's system compares internationally.  

The inquiry will look at steps the Department for Education has taken to address the challenges in recruitment and retention, including the impact of financial incentives, attempts to reduce workloads, and mental health support.

The Committee will also look at how the education sector's problems with teacher recruitment, training and retention compare with other professions and sectors of the economy, and whether anything can be learned from those comparisons.

Read the call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry.

You can submit evidence until 23:59 on 21 April 2023. Please read Parliament's guidance on giving evidence to select committees before writing your submission. Your submission should be no more than 3000 words.

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Friday 21 April 2023.

Reports, special reports and government responses

No reports or special reports published.

Oral evidence transcripts

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14 November 2023
Inquiry Teacher recruitment, training and retention
Witnesses Sinéad Mc Brearty (Chief Executive Officer at Education Support), Jack Worth (School Workforce Lead at NFER), Professor Becky Francis CBE (CEO at Education Endowment Foundation), and Professor Becky Allen (Chief Analyst and a Co-founder at Teach Tapp)
Oral Evidence
14 November 2023
Inquiry Teacher recruitment, training and retention
Witnesses Philip Nye (Data Scientist at Institute for Government), Katie Waldegrave, MBE (Co-founder and CEO at Now Teach), and Dr Luke Sibieta (Research Fellow at Institute for Fiscal Studies)
Oral Evidence
12 September 2023
Inquiry Teacher recruitment, training and retention
Witnesses Rene Koglbauer (Chair of Board of Trustees at Association for Language Learning), Professor Paul Glaister CBE (Immediate Past Chair at Joint Mathematical Council of the UK), Deborah Weston OBE (Research Officer at National Association of Teachers of Religious Education), Ryan Ball (Director of Education at Design and Technology Association), and Hari Rentala (Head of Learning and Skills at Institute of Physics)
Oral Evidence
Mr Craig Johnson (Teacher of Computer Science at Nottingham High School) (TTR0027)
Turing House School (TTR0036)
Mrs Sarah Mallalieu (Teacher, SENDCo, Head Teacher at Primary, and Teacher, SENDCO, Head Teacher at Primary) (TTR0068)

Other publications

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  • Phone: 020 7219 2370 (general enquiries) | 020 7219 8895 (media enquiries)
  • Address: Education Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA