What attracts and challenges our local teachers?
We recently asked a series of English and Maths teachers from the local area what attracted them to the profession together with what they found most challenging about the profession.
Overwhelmingly, teachers were attracted to the profession because they enjoy working with young people, are able to make a difference and have a genuine passion for the subject area.
Teachers told us that it was both the reputation and location of their current school which attracted them to work there and were less interested in money and benefits.
Listed amongst the biggest challenges teachers face were high workload, lack of work life balance and performance monitoring.
The rationale behind collecting the data was to inform how we as a county can improve the attraction and retention of our teachers. Here in North Yorkshire we are aware of key issues and are pro-actively trying to support our teachers with these.
We have a Secondary Improvement Board which recognises some of the biggest challenges that teachers face and as such has commissioned a Teacher Recruitment and Retention Project. This project provides dedicated support to our schools in order to raise awareness of valuing staff which in turn will help to aid retention.