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The Teacher Training Agency today announced two top appointments to tackle teacher recruitment and supply issues. ...
The Teacher Training Agency today announced two top appointments to tackle teacher recruitment and supply issues.

The appointees are:

Head of teacher supply, Jane Benham; chief professional adviser on teacher supply, John Howson.

Announcing the appointments, Anthea Millett, TTA chief executive, said:

'I am delighted that we shall have such a strong combination of talents to address the very important issues ahead on teacher supply. Jane is a talented professional adviser who has nearly 20 years' experience in developing and implementing education policy, including with the European Commission. John is a renowned national expert on teacher supply data with wide education experience, including a long spell teaching in inner city secondary schools and a period as head of a University department of teacher education.

'Together, they will bring formidable expertise and insight to one of the most demanding areas of the Teacher Training Agency's wide-ranging brief. Although schools still have the lowest teacher vacancy rates ever, we know that rising pupil numbers and the age profile of the profession mean that there will be significant extra demand for teachers over the next five years and beyond.

'We already have a series of programmes in place to help meet that demand, including the first national hotline for those considering entry to the teaching profession (01245 454 454). Thanks to these two key appointments, we shall be well placed to extend those programmes and also guide LEAs, schools, higher education institutions, the professional associations, and others inside and outside education, on how they can help meet the challenges ahead in order to satisfy the future needs of our schools and pupils.'

-- Jane Benham, 46, is currently head of the further education division in the department for education and employment, where she is responsible for the funding, organisation and governance of the FE sector and liaison with the Further Education Funding Council. Previously she worked in Brussels on the European dimension in education, and at the DFE on the development of the national curriculum for schools and on school organisation issues. She will represent teacher supply matters on the senior management group of the TTA and will take up her appointment on 12 August.

-- John Howson, 49, is currently at Oxford Brookes University where he has had spells as deputy and as head of the teacher education department. He has long experience as an education researcher and has pioneered a more open approach to examination results around the country, a high quality approach to data collection on teacher supply issues, use of the internet for large data collections and creation of the first database on headteacher turnover. He will offer expert advice on recruitment and supply matters and will take up his appointment on 16 September.

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