Creating an experience that teachers never want to leave

Posted by Karen

Review your approach to attract and keep the best teachers

Teachers are leaving and one off actions to keep them or attract others aren’t enough. It’s time to take a step back and look at the whole teacher experience, starting even before they join a school.

The ‘Teacher Experience’ starts from the moment a teacher hears about a job with your school, whether it’s the wording of the job advert or what they hear from friends or family. It ends; well it actually never ends if you have a great approach to keeping them as part of your alumni. We all want great teachers who come back to and recommend our school.

If you can create a truly fantastic teacher experience all of the time, you will spend less on recruitment and supply teachers and reduce pressure on existing school staff having to cover the gaps. Attracting and retaining great teachers will have a positive impact on the reputation of your school and on the performance of your students.

So, how do you ensure your teacher experience lives up to what your school stands for, every day?

We’ve defined 12 stages of the teacher experience, which you can see in the image below. This has been inspired by Dr Emma Kell’s book: How to Survive in Teaching together with input from many others. Thank you to you all.

Please use this self-check list in your school leadership discussions to identify ways to create a great teacher experience, recognising what you are doing well and where you can improve. And we are here to support you if you need help in having this discussion or developing your plan. Or take a look at our book for school leaders.


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