Let’s talk recruitment and retention at the Northern Education Show


Welcoming educational staff from across the north of England, the Northern Education Show promises to tackle the latest sector trends while providing ample opportunity for networking and staff development.

Hosted at EventCity in Manchester on 9 October 2019, it will welcome hundreds of key educational decision makers and exhibitors while addressing some of the biggest issues in education.

In recent years, the show has welcomed educational staff from across Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire, Durham, Cumbria and Yorkshire.

Expect to hear talks on developing effective school leadership, management and teaching practices, alongside inspirational workshops and chances to chat with key individuals within the educational space.

Why attend?

In addition to a raft of top quality speakers, including a senior Ofsted inspector, special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) leaders and safeguarding consultants, the event also provides a chance to speak to several leading educational suppliers.

The Northern Education Show is particularly popular with headteachers, financial directors, business managers, school governors and members of school leadership teams, although all members of the education sector are welcome to attend.

Many attendees come from a range of schools and backgrounds too, meaning that they’ll be chances to network with staff in similar positions in schools elsewhere – be it at primary or secondary level, as well as in special schools or in local authorities.

What to expect (and meet us!)

Those attending the free event will be treated to in-depth discussion and analysis of the latest key trends in education while hearing from many key government figures that have a role to play in shaping the education of tomorrow.

The topics and discussion should help school staff to overcome some of the issues they face and to talk openly about the challenges of working in the sector.

If you are in attendance, don’t miss the opportunity to catch our very own Mark Laurie as he discusses issues surrounding recruitment and retention.

As the Primary Divisional Manager for our Manchester office, Mark is set to look at how schools can attract, develop and retain their staff as part of an afternoon session at 1.40pm.

You can register to attend the show here.

The role of recruitment and retention

Issues surrounding recruitment and retention in schools are nothing new, with the government unveiling its Recruitment and Retention Strategy in early 2019.

It revealed a number of priorities, from reducing workloads and developing a better culture in schools for teachers, to transforming the support offered to early career teachers and making it easier to access the profession.

In particular, it seeks to address some of the challenges faced by teaching, especially relating to how the sector is viewed and opportunities for career progression and development.

Pupil numbers and rising, and with that comes greater demand for quality teachers that can deliver effective teaching at all levels, therefore giving all pupils the chance to reach their potential.

It’s therefore important for schools to provide classroom environments where teachers can excel, with ample opportunities to shape their own progression.

Within the strategy, it notes that teachers have a role to play in inspiring pupils every single day and helping to open their eyes to the possibilities available to them while noting that schools will only ever be as good as the staff within them.

It states that is “has become increasingly difficult to recruit and retain staff of the calibre required” and that it is an important step towards tackling the issue.

The full recruitment and retention strategy can be found here.

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