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DfE: Teacher Recruitment Bulletin - February 2020

6 February 2020

Teacher Recruitment Bulletin: February 2020

Welcome to the February 2020 edition of the Teacher Recruitment Bulletin from the Department for Education (DfE), which contains vital information to support recruitment of teachers and to Initial Teacher Training (ITT) courses. Your colleagues can subscribe to this bulletin by emailing

New announcements
1. New teaching school hubs
2. The Early Career Framework (ECF) is rolling out in four regions this year
3. Opportunity to become a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) provider

Inspire, support and attract teachers - marketing and events
4. Train to Teach events – ITT provider spaces still available
5. How you can help promote Teaching Vacancies
6. Case studies to support the Get Into Teaching campaign
7. ITT provider marketing workshops and webinars - register now to improve your recruitment

Essential information and requirements for ITT providers
8. The ITT Core Content Framework
9. DfE's Apply for Teacher Training

International and specialist recruitment programmes
10. The maths and physics chairs programme - an opportunity for school-led ITT providers
11. Scholarships programme - recruitment to maths and physics
12. Use SKE to recruit teachers with great potential
13. Recruit experienced modern foreign languages (MFL) teachers with no recruitment costs

Developing and supporting teachers
14. Free and flexible courses to upskill ‘non-specialist’ teachers
New announcements
1. New teaching school hubs – specialist support coming for schools

Six schools have been selected to act as regional teaching school hubs in five test areas. The six hubs will receive funding of £1.1 million between them each academic year to support between 200 to 300 other schools in their area.

The six schools are:
  • North: Harrogate Grammar School and Red Kite Learning Trust
  • Lancashire and West Yorkshire: Copthorne Primary School and Exceed Academies Trust
  • East Midlands and Humber: Silverdale School and Chorus Education Trust
  • East of England and North East London: Harris Academy Chafford Hundred and Harris Federation
  • East of England and North East London: Saffron Walden County High School and Saffron Academy Trust
  • South West: Kingsbridge Community College

The initiative will give schools who need support direct access to the expertise of school leaders with a track record of making improvements in challenging circumstances.

This forms part of a new scheme, launched by the department last year, to simplify and strengthen how the government supports school standards, building on the successes of both teaching schools and national leaders of education programmes.

To find out more or to get involved visit GOV.UK at teaching-schools-and-system-leadership-how-you-can-get-involved.

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2. The ECF is rolling out in four regions this year

The ECF was published in January 2019. It sets out all the things that a newly qualified teacher needs to learn and do in their first two years. From September 2021 all schools will need to offer their newly qualified teachers an induction that meets the requirements set out in the framework.

The department is rolling out the programme early in the North East, Greater Manchester, Bradford and Doncaster, and many schools in this area will start delivering induction programmes that meet the framework requirements from September this year.

Findings from the early rollout will feed into the national rollout, helping to ensure it meets the needs of early career teachers and senior leaders across the country.

We will share more advice and support ahead of next year and will continue to keep you advised of developments.

The department’s support package, for all schools, will include funding for 5% off timetable for all teachers in the second year of teaching so that they can focus on their development: funding for mentor training and time for them to support their inductees, as well as training and development resources and products.