Report on better teacher recruitment, retention and CPD is welcomed by the IOP

22 February 2017

The IOP has welcomed a select committee report on teacher recruitment and retention and in particular its emphasis on high-quality continuing professional development (CPD).

Report on better teacher recruitment, retention and CPD is welcomed by the IOP

The report by the House of Commons Education Committee, published today, calls for a long-term evidence-based plan to tackle teacher shortages, more attention to retaining teachers in the profession and for teachers to be entitled to high-quality CPD throughout their careers.

In welcoming the report and its findings, the IOP’s head of education, Charles Tracy, stressed the need for CPD to become more embedded in school culture. He said: “Part of professionalising teaching is to ensure that teachers are entitled to and can access high quality, subject-specific CPD. That means introducing a culture of professional development into schools and the system

“Attending workshops, engaging with research or taking part in discussions with other teachers are all ways of helping teachers become better at supporting children’s learning. Therefore, like teaching lessons and marking books, professional development should be a part of what they do and a part of their entitlement.”

Tracy also welcomed the government’s efforts to increase the recruitment of physics teachers, but said there needs to be a focus on retention. “The government has schemes for recruiting teachers and that definitely is to be welcomed and credited,” he said. “In terms of recruitment the government is moving in the right direction; in 2016 we saw the third highest number of physics teachers recruited.

“Now the question is how to keep those teachers in the profession; it’s about retention, and ensuring the culture within schools makes them feel valued and supported.”

Tracy, who gave evidence to the select committee, was interviewed yesterday on BBC radio and television to discuss the issues in the report, beginning with the Today Programme on Radio 4, followed by discussion with Adrian Chiles on Radio 5 live and, in the evening, the BBC News Channel.