Teacher supply and retention in England is a long-standing issue, with a growing shortage of teachers, especially in mathematics, science and modern foreign languages. There are also regional differences in teacher demand and supply, in particular, schools in challenging circumstances, high areas of deprivation, inland urban areas, and costal and rural areas face significant problems of recruitment and retention. Employing teachers from overseas is one solution for filling teacher vacancies.
This research commenced in November 2016 and will end in March 2017.
The overarching aims of this research are to provide guidance to help shape decisions on how the Department for Education can directly and indirectly support the recruitment of international Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and Modern Foreign Language teachers; and more specifically, to identify key principles for the design and delivery of international recruitment initiatives.
To address these aims, primary research evidence has been gathered through an online survey, and through telephone interviews with secondary school senior leaders who have/and those who have not, recruited teachers internationally.
This research project is ongoing; output, findings and impact will be updated in due course.
Dr Carol Robinson
Dr Sara Bragg
Dr Patricia Castanheira
Professor Andy Hobson
Sheffield Hallam University