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Education Secretary addresses the Association of School and College Leaders’ annual conference in Birmingham

This morning I woke up to news of a terrible attack in New Zealand. In the never-ending battle against hate, education plays a leading role in tackling intolerance and teaching mutual respect. My thoughts and prayers are with those in New Zealand.

Good morning everyone and thank you Rachael for that welcome.

I am very pleased to be here, joining you for a second year. When I stood up this time last year, I had been in the job for just two months.

I told you then how pleased I was at the prospect of working with you, and how I was acutely aware of the enormous weight of responsibility this job carries. It is a responsibility to you and all those school and college leaders like you, as well as the teachers, the support staff, the governors and of course the children, young people and families we all serve.

One year on, I can say for certain that the best part of my job is getting out to visit as many of those schools and colleges as possible. In the last few weeks I have heard that I’m not meeting headteachers. This came as a bit of a surprise to me.

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International Education Strategy.

The UK has a global reputation for education, characterised by excellence and quality. Our global education offer encompasses the full range of the education spectrum, including early years, independent schools, further education and colleges, higher education, transnational education, education services, education technology and English language training.

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School Leaders have a chance to work for OFSTED.

School leaders will have the chance to work for Ofsted for a year under a new secondment programme announced by Amanda Spielman. 

Ofsted’s Chief Inspector revealed the plans on Saturday at the school and college leaders at the annual ASCL conference in Birmingham. 

The new programme will allow Ofsted to gain expertise from middle leaders and up-to-date experiences of running a school, Mrs Spielman said. 

“I’ve spoken a lot about the importance of collaboration and discussion on inspection. And what makes that possible is the shared experiences of inspectors and school leaders,” she said. “Ofsted is part of the education system, not separate from it.” 

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New recruitment strategy for teachers.

The Department for Education has launched a strategy for recruiting and retaining school teachers in state-funded schools, which is based around four key priorities:

  1. School cultures,
  2. Early careers,
  3. Flexible careers and
  4. Attracting new teachers.

Dr Sarah Charles, Head of Discipline - ITE Primary at the University of Derby, discusses the new strategy and whether it will help tackle the nationwide teacher shortage.

Recent recruitment and retention statistics present the teaching profession as a profession in crisis. It is estimated that, in 2017, nearly 35,000 teachers left the profession for reasons other than retirement, with four in 10 teachers leaving within their first year of qualification. 

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New group to look at how teachers can be better supported.

A new expert advisory group to look at how teachers and school leaders can be better supported to deal with the pressures of the job will be announced by Education Secretary Damian Hinds today (15 March).

Addressing more than 1,000 school and college leaders and teachers at the Association of School and College Leaders’ (ASCL) annual conference in Birmingham, Mr Hinds will say that teachers always put the good of their pupils first but should not take their own wellbeing for granted.

Earlier this year, Mr Hinds launched the first ever integrated strategy to recruit and retain more teachers setting out a comprehensive plan to build the status of the profession and create more opportunities for teachers to progress in their career. It also included an ambition to transform the day-to-day experiences of teachers, and laid out plans to create a positive, supportive culture in schools.

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