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For teachers looking for jobs, with everything in one place, they won’t have to update multiple recruitment agencies or job boards. They feel more valued and part of the team, as they will be employed directly by the school. Schools are more likely to turn temporary positions into permanent ones if they don't have to pay fees. PlanStaffNow is a simple to use online platform that allows schools and education staff to connect with each other in a direct, cost-effective and transparent way. ‘As the new supply teacher framework demonstrates, the DfE recognises the role that recruitment consultancies play in accessing talent – and it’s about time that all individual school leaders do the same. Statements like “agencies are draining public money” just aren’t helpful.’

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“How we decide what to teach, when to teach it and why we teach it are some of the most fundamental questions we ask in our schools. However, in some instances, important questions about what to teach has taken a lowly position in educational discussions. Instead we focus on how to achieve outstanding Ofsteds and how to become outstanding teachers, which leads to an obsession with pedagogy at the expense of an in-depth discussion about what we teach. Instead of a focus on short-term lesson planning, we need to look at the long term, how we intend the powerful stories of our subject to unfold.”

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Every child should have the opportunity to attend a school that can provide a good education, so there will always be an imperative to bring about improvement as quickly as possible. However, the pressure for this to happen rapidly can have both undesired and undersirable consequences. We see it in schools 'gaming' the exam system, in pupils being 'off-rolled' to boost schools' results, in schools not wanting to take pupils with SEN onto their rolls. We also see it in the declining recruitment and retention figures.

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Sometimes in these articles I highlight aspects of school and university life which illicit the response "I don't believe it" and are comical and light hearted. However, sometimes a story comes along which is serious but still beggars belief.

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Teachers are very busy workers with tightly packed schedules and plenty of engagement in work outside regular hours (such as for preparing lessons and marking). They have less time for breaks and over 30% spend more than 50 hours a week on teaching activities.

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