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Your Future. Their Future.

Your Future. Their Future.

Your Future. Their Future.

Thu 22 Nov 2018


Schools across Watford and the south, west and central areas of Hertfordshire could see an increase of new teachers entering the profession due to a new ‘Get into Teaching’ event, taking place on Saturday 10th November between 9:30am-1:00pm.

Teacher recruitment and retention has dominated national news and is one of the main issues Damian Hinds, Secretary of State for Education is addressing. Analysis of the government’s own teacher recruitment targets shows it has failed to reach the necessary numbers over the last five years – with the biggest shortfall coming last year, when the target was missed by 3,000.

A new teacher pay increase for entrants of 3.5% at the start of the scale and a new TV advertising campaign launched recently are starting to show positive signs for teacher recruitment for September 2019.

To support this national campaign, the Hertfordshire event, held at Parmiter’s School, High Elms Lane, Watford is part of Herts for Learning’s (HfL) continuous support and investment programme for its shareholding schools and a key way of helping schools find the very best teachers.

Those wanting to find out about the teaching profession can get advice from personal experiences of recent graduates, the different routes into teaching, including bursaries and scholarships, and how to make an application.

The event is one of two Teacher Recruitment events taking place in Watford during the 2018/19 academic year.

The Teach in Herts Teacher Recruitment Fair will, once again, be held at Parmiter’s School, Watford on Saturday 9th February 2019. Aimed at new, current, returning and overseas qualified teachers, as well as those considering retraining to become a teacher, the award-winning recruitment fair is free to attend.

In February 2018, the campaign reached over 200 people for the first Teach in Herts teacher recruitment fair held in Watford and HfL is looking forward to returning to Watford again in Spring in 2019.


Speaking about the events, Anne Taylor, Head of Recruitment Services at HfL said:

“We are pleased to be building on our annual recruitment fair by offering a new event targeting those wanting to enter the teaching profession. This is the first of many events and initiatives that HfL is investing in and delivering during this academic year, to provide the very best recruitment support for Hertfordshire schools.

“With HfL operating with a non-for-profit ethos, these events are a way to reinvest in the common good for our shareholding schools and address a key issue that schools across Hertfordshire are facing.

“Teaching is a really rewarding career and Hertfordshire has some of the best and diverse range of schools in the UK. As of September 2018, 87.7% of Hertfordshire schools are rated either Good or Outstanding by Ofsted.”

Ryan Fisher, Marketing Assistant – PR and Internal Communications