Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Oxford Brookes supports local schools in their recruitment of Newly Qualified Teachers

Thursday, 14 March 2019

School pupil

Teacher recruitment is becoming an increasing priority for those in the profession, and with the introduction of the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy, the Centre for Educational Consultancy and Development (CECD), through the School of Education are continuously looking at ways to further support the needs of schools and early career practitioners.

Recently, Oxford Brookes CECD and the Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance (OTSA) invited local schools to exhibit at their Primary NQT Recruitment Fair. The evening event provided schools with a great opportunity to advertise roles within their schools or trusts and to start conversations with students looking to take their first step into teaching. Student teachers from the MA Education and PGCE Primary courses found it useful to be able to informally discuss the opportunities that could be open to them, ask questions about the recruitment process and about the support individual schools can provide to NQTs.

It also provided a great opportunity to open up conversations on how the School of Education can further develop and support teacher retention efforts through group forums, CPD and International projects, ensuring that a ‘career in teaching continues to be attractive, sustainable and rewarding’ - Rt, Hon Damian Hinds MP, Secretary of State for Education.

Lorna Shires, Programme Lead for Initial Teacher Education at Oxford Brookes commented 'We have been educating teachers for many years. The number of people taught by one of our alumni during those decades is almost immeasurable. We are very proud of our  2019 cohort of new teachers joining the profession this coming September and being snapped up now by schools in the region and beyond."

Find out more about teacher training courses at Oxford Brookes.

Find out more about the Centre for Educational Consultancy and Development.