How can schools recruit the best teachers? Come and have your say!

"How can we recruit and retain high quality staff in Bradford?” Is the topic of the next Public Forum for Education.

Speakers at the event will focus on three important areas:

  • How do we support and develop individuals and, in so doing, increase quality across the District?
  • Bradford's outstanding colleagues are in demand elsewhere. How do we retain the services of the best?
  • Outstanding leaders and colleagues create outstanding schools. How do we attract more outstanding leaders to Bradford?

The forum takes place on Wednesday, 25 March from 4.30pm to 6.30pm in the Banqueting Hall at City Hall, Bradford BD1 1HY.

Everyone is welcome to attend. We welcome parents and young people, and would also particularly welcome teachers who have experience of retaining and developing newly qualified staff to come along and share their views.

The forum holds "big conversations” throughout the year on topical issues in education. Forms consist of expert speakers and the opportunity to ask questions and to discuss the issues they raise.

The forum is independently chaired by former Bradford headteacher Michael Latham. 

Sara Rawnsley, Recruitment and Retention Strategy Manager, who will be leading part of the evening, said: "This Forum is part of a wider initiative which will see schools working in partnership so that we can share information about how we recruit the best teachers we can.”

Michael Jameson, Strategic Director of Children’s Services, said: "We have some fantastic leaders and teachers in Bradford but every school is keen to recruit the best talent available. This PFE will look at ways in which we can share what works well and the steps we can take to make sure schools in Bradford get the very best new staff we can.”

Cllr Ralph Berry, Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People, said: "Bradford is a great place to live and work and there are some outstanding educational projects and initiatives taking place. This is great for schools and pupils, but can also be a fantastic way for teachers to build their careers. We need to get that message across.”

If you are interested in attending, please email or telephone Heidi Hardy on (01274) 434335


Published: 02/03/2015
Audience: Everyone
Contact: Heidi Hardy

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