Education secretary begins push to recruit 6,500 new teachers

The new education secretary has begun work to recruit 6,500 teachers, the Department for Education (DfE) said.
Bridget Phillipson will write to “all education workforces” on Monday in a bid to “reset the relationship” with the sector. The DfE said Ms Phillipson would also meet union bosses and other education leaders in the coming days.
And the government will immediately resume and expand the teacher recruitment campaign Every Lesson Shapes a Life, the DfE said.

The scheme directs potential candidates to the Get Into Teaching website, where they can find support and advice from teacher training advisers, a contact centre and a national programme of events. Labour pledged during the election campaign to make the recruitment of 6,500 teachers a priority of the new government.
The party said it would fund the new posts by adding tax to private school fees – although it is unclear exactly when this will happen.

The policy, proposed in Labour’s manifesto, has split opinion. Some argue it is a reasonable way to raise revenue while others think it is an unfair charge that will fall on parents.

Source: BBC

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Sir Keir Starmer

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