Education Secretary Phillipson Launches Major Teacher Recruitment Initiative

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Education Secretary Phillipson Launches Major Teacher Recruitment Initiative

Education Secretary Bridget Phillipson has launched a major initiative to recruit 6,500 teachers. This initiative aims to address the current teacher recruitment and retention crisis.

Phillipson will address all education workforces on Monday and meet with union leaders and other key figures in the coming days. The government will also reinstate and expand the Every Lesson Shapes a Life recruitment campaign.

Labour, during its election campaign, committed to making the recruitment of 6,500 teachers a top priority. The new posts are expected to be funded by imposing taxes on private school fees.

Phillipson expressed her determination to elevate education to a central national concern and improve the perception of the teaching profession. She stated that her immediate priority is to reconnect with the education workforce.

Relations between teaching unions and the previous government were strained, leading to multiple strikes over pay last year. Unions have expressed optimism about Phillipson's appointment.

Daniel Kebede, General Secretary of the National Education Union (NEU), stressed the importance of rebuilding trust between ministers and teachers. Paul Whiteman, General Secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), congratulated Phillipson on her new role but cautioned about the significant challenges ahead.