New report from the Gatsby Charitable Foundation

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A new report commissioned by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation has outlined eight straightforward interventions secondary schools can use to improve their recruitment and retention of high-quality science teachers. With the shortage of specialist physics and chemistry teachers continuing to grow, the eight cost-effective and low-risk interventions aim to provide school leaders with a means of taking immediate action to tackle specialist subject recruitment and retention challenges.

Sir John Holman, Senior Adviser to Gatsby, and President of The Association for Science Education (ASE), said: ‘It is vital we have enough teachers to ensure a robust science education for all, irrespective of background or economic circumstance. The recently announced Government strategy to bolster the recruitment and retention of teachers presented clear and coherent initiatives which will not only attract teachers to the profession but retain those that we have – but these will take time to implement. The principles in Gatsby’s latest report provide school leaders with steps they can take in the meantime to bolster science teacher numbers.”

To read the full report, Increasing the quantity and quality of science teachers in schools: eight evidence-based principles, click here.

To read more about Gatsby’s Teacher Recruitment, Retention and Development programme, please click here.