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Headteachers: Labour Turnover

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL10719, tabled on 25 November 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the poll on school leadership retention by the National Association of Head Teachers, published on 18 November; and what steps are they taking to increase headteacher retention.

Answered on

9 December 2020

The Department has noted the results published on 18 November 2020 from the survey on school leadership retention conducted by the National Association of Head Teachers during October 2020.

The Department has worked with the sector to design a reformed programme of professional development for teachers and leaders. A reformed suite of National Professional Qualifications, underpinned by new frameworks published in Autumn 2020, will be introduced from Autumn 2021. These qualifications are designed to promote strong teaching and school leadership through a shared, evidence-informed understanding of what works in order to support school leaders to address the challenges they face. The Department has invited organisations to tender to deliver these qualifications from Autumn 2021.

In addition, as part of this reformed suite of National Professional Qualifications, the National Professional Qualification for Headship will offer coaching support for new Head Teachers in their first two years in role, in recognition of the particular challenges they face.