Responding to a new report from the Sutton Trust published today (Wednesday 10 July 2019), showing that schools in disadvantaged areas are struggling with recruitment the most, Nick Brook, deputy general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said:
“NAHT welcomes this report. Children from deprived backgrounds need great schools and excellent teachers the most. Yet as this report shows, schools that serve deprived communities suffer a double disadvantage of having to work harder to meet expected standards while struggling to recruit the teachers they need to do so.
“Worryingly, NAHT's Accountability Commission last year found that teachers and leaders are being put off working in schools serving deprived communities because they simply do not believe that they will be treated fairly by the inspectorate for doing so. We know that Ofsted is far less likely to rate a school in a disadvantaged area 'Outstanding' than an affluent one. Government urgently need to address the perverse incentives that discourage good teachers from teaching where they are needed most and rebalance holding schools to account with helping them to improve.”
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