Here I am again at a point of crisis regarding staffing. The demands of ofsted and the drive to become “good” has meant that I am facing yet another staffing crisis. Over the last 6 weeks I have seen 3 teachers make the decision to move on and leave the demands of the primary classroom behind. The introduction of performance related pay, tighter targets for teachers and higher expectations have quite rightly meant that many teachers have had to re-evaluate their careers. This, though, has caused a knock on effect to recruitment.
I was lucky enough to find an outstanding teacher (nqt) who hadn’t been snapped up due to her time out travelling. After a short stint in my school on supply I recognised the potential and acted quick to secure her into a position on my staff. What a huge relief this was, as I have been finding it almost impossible to find teachers to replace those that are leaving this Easter. Notice dates have left me turning to supply agencies again to find me a teacher who is at least reasonable to join us for the summer term. Only two weeks ago I needed a supply teacher to cover sickness only to find not one local supply agency with a single teacher available. With ofsted due anytime I have no idea how I am going to achieve the standard of “good” when I don’t have any teacher, let alone a good one, to replace two of the he ones who are leaving me. I have managed to recruit for September by approaching teachers I know are good but I have this big gaping hole until July.
I am not on my own. This week alone I have received e-mails from two other local schools who are desperately seeking teachers for the summer term. Responses to these requests have been met with a barrage of other heads telling their stories of how they have been without teachers for the last term.
Is this the start if a staffing crisis? Is this due to teachers deciding enough is enough or is it that expectations have raised the bar so we are finding that there are not enough good teachers out there at all?
I only have 7 classes in my school so it really shouldn’t be impossible to find quality teachers for so few classes. I count my blessings I am not in a larger school.
It would be lovely to one day wake up and go into work knowing that all the children in my school are getting a good deal.