Teacher Recruitment and Retention

Scrutiny review - Education & Home Affairs Panel

Launch date: 19/09/2019

Review status: Review started

What is the review about?

A review examining the successes and challenges faced by the Island in relation to recruiting and retaining teaching staff.

The Panel recently questioned the Minister for Education about the current vacancy rates in advance of the new academic year and found that 69 teachers had handed their noticed in as of 31 May 2019. Whilst most of these vacancies have now been filled, the Panel has agreed that it would be beneficial to examine the views of the teaching profession and the available data relating to recruitment and retention, to identify the successes and challenges for the Island. Whilst the review is not being carried out in direct response to the recent industrial action, it is hoped that it will help determine whether there are any underlying trends or issues that may have contributed to this.  

Review progress

​The Panel have commissioned 4insight to meet confidentially with focus groups during October to collate the views of teaching staff, past and present.  It will also be writing to key stakeholders to gather their views.

Anyone interested in taking part is urged to contact 4insight on 859300 or by email at beatrice@4insight.info or sandra@4insight.info to  register their interest and answer a quick set of questions to see whether they qualify.

Terms of reference

1.    To examine the recruitment and retention figures for teaching staff over the past 5 years including, but not limited to:

  • The number of staff that have left the profession;
  • The number of staff that have retired and are due to retire in the next 5 years;
  • The number of staff that have been recruited through any recruitment initiatives (i.e. Jersey Teacher Training Programme);
  • The number of staff that have engaged in exit interviews.

2.    To identify all Government of Jersey policies relating to the recruitment and retention of teaching staff and assess their effectiveness. 

3.    To gather and examine the views of stakeholders regarding the key challenges faced in recruiting and retaining teachers.  

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