Council supports London Mayor to boost teaching recruitment

Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, has supported the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, in supporting the recruitment and retention of London teachers

Published: Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

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Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, has supported the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, in supporting the recruitment and retention of London teachers.

Recently The Mayor, Sadiq Khan launched a new online tool, Teach London, to help people in London to become teachers. Jointly commissioned research by the Mayor and National Foundation for Educational Research published shows that despite having the highest performing schools of any region, London is losing teachers faster than elsewhere.

London has the best-performing schools and is a great place to learn to teach and develop a teaching career, but more needs to be done to retain teachers according to research jointly commissioned by the Mayor and the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER).

NFER’s research revealed that teachers are leaving the profession at a higher rate than the national average at a time where pupil numbers are soaring, mainly because of the high cost of housing, pressure on teachers’  and standards of living.

Hounslow suffers doubly because while it is classed as London and has London’s high cost of living, it is also considered an outer London borough so staff are paid less than in some neighbouring boroughs.

Generally the cost of housing in London is unaffordable and The Mayor has made it clear that he is determined to increase the number of affordable homes built in London and as a council, we welcome the Mayor’s initiative.

Since 2014, Hounslow Council has made great strides to address the housing needs here in the borough. We have secured over 2,000 affordable homes with over half available for rent to social housing tenants at Local Housing Allowance level or below, with the rest being shared ownership or below-market rent.

We have built more than 200 council homes, with hundreds more to be completed in 2018, and we are building on council-owned land to provide mixed-tenure developments and investing £54m in purchasing homes for local families to rent.

Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Youth Services, Hounslow Council, said:

“In Hounslow, we want our children and young people to get the best possible start in life and achieve their full potential. I’m incredibly proud of our education system which makes Hounslow one of the best places to learn and teach. However with pupil numbers rising, it’s absolutely vital that we attract and retain more brilliant teachers in our borough.

“Although The Mayor does not have any statutory powers over education, as a council we are glad to see he is doing all he can to support schools and teachers, particularly teachers at an early stage of their career who need more support to continue working.”

Only recently The Mayor has launched an online Teach London resource, a simple one-stop shop for people who want to become a teacher in London. The website sets out and promotes the benefits of starting and continuing a teaching career in London.

In Hounslow, education services, schools and housing are getting better and better as:

  • 96 per cent of Hounslow schools are rated good or outstanding by Ofsted
  • 98 per cent of pupils in the borough starting reception class in September 2018 have been offered a place at one of their three preferred schools
  • By 2022, over 900 homes (half of them affordable) will be built in Hounslow
  • 150 affordable homes will be ready for occupation by autumn 2018

All of London’s schools are facing huge challenges to meet the increased pressure on places and, here in Hounslow, we are working very hard to ensure we can give our children the very best start in life by offering them the opportunity to get the education they deserve with skilled teachers.

If you’re looking to get into teaching in Hounslow, or want to find out more about teacher training and what a career in teaching has to offer visit https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/

If you’re a senior school leader in Hounslow and are looking for career progression, providing coaching, training and support to make the step up to leadership roles such as a headteacher, visit Getting Ahead London site or get in touch with Challenge Partners

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