Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders' union NAHT, said:
“NAHT welcomes the announcement of a £12 million boost to early career training for new teachers in the North East. At a time when funding is in crisis and training and development has been reduced, any funding for CPD is welcome.
“Unfortunately, no amount of CPD funding will have an impact unless we have sufficient teachers in the system overall. The North East is a particularly difficult area, but the recruitment crisis affects the whole country. To solve it we need government to deliver a wider recruitment and retention strategy for the profession as a whole, or we are just patching holes and creating tears elsewhere.
“We’re encouraged by the ongoing discussions about recruitment and retention nationally, but the new strategy must address the unnecessary workload and fear associated with the current accountability system, in order to deliver a sustainable work-life balance for teachers and school leaders, so that they are retained within the profession.”
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