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NEW RECRUITMENT STRATEGY MANAGER TO PRE-EMPT TEACHER SHORTAGE

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Lincolnshire CC have taken steps to pre-empt a teacher shortage in Lincolnshire by appointing a teacher recruitment...
Lincolnshire CC have taken steps to pre-empt a teacher shortage in Lincolnshire by appointing a teacher recruitment strategy manager to work across the county. Cathy O'Reilly has taken up the challenge of developing a strategy to recruit teachers to the 380 schools in the county, and to develop strategies to retain our high quality and professional workforce.

Alan Pretty, the county council's human resources manager, said: 'We are delighted to be able to appoint Cathy to this post. Already she has begun to identify the scale of the issues in the county and we are confident that this post will be instrumental in ensuring that all children in Lincolnshire continue to have access to quality teachers.'

Andrew Smith, a senior inspector at the county council, added: 'Lincolnshire is lucky in that we have very few teacher shortages presently. However, we have proactively looked to national trends and are responding to these trends, which predict an increasing recruitment issue. Lincolnshire are therefore taking necessary steps to circumvent this.'

Cathy is very much looking forward to working to develop successful strategies and initiatives to attract quality teachers to all schools in the county. She has been in communication with some headteachers to discuss their short term needs.

She said: 'There are a host of new government initiatives and funding to support me in my work and I look forward to undertaking this challenging role. My early analysis shows more schools have been very successful in their recruitments for September. One or two schools have worries, however, and together we are working proactively to find creative solutions.

'I believe there are many quality teachers in Lincolnshire currently out of the profession and unsure whether to return, or feeling out of touch with new educational initiatives I would be delighted to hear from these people and can support them back into teaching in our schools. I know of some job vacancies in schools, particularly in the coastal and Boston areas, and for those trained as primary teachers where small classes and positive supportive staff teams would make the transition back into teaching a very pleasant experience.'

* also see LGCnet'COUNCIL SETS UP TEACHER AGENCY AS SUPPLY COSTS SOAR'

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