This research, commissioned by the DfE and carried out by CooperGibson Research, aimed to identify the strategies or incentives which may most effectively drive recruitment and retention of FE teachers. A key finding was that although financial incentives may help drive recruitment, high-quality mentoring and support are key to retention.
The evidence from the literature review and telephone discussions suggests that high-quality mentoring and support should feature:
- Sustained, active mentoring programmes to support new teachers whilst they embed their training and develop their teaching skills.
- Continued support and cross departmental mentoring to fill skills gaps, such as the use of technology in teaching.
- A strong CPD programme with multiple opportunities for progression and personal development.