Attracting teachers is not enough - as well as recruitment there needs to be retention. Of all my friends who started teaching with me in the 1980s, none of them is still teaching full time in schools. How can schools convince teachers to stay? Statistics point to about half of all new teachers leaving the profession within 5 years. I've also noticed a large interest in teachers deciding to move internationally to search for work.
I'm reflecting on my own experience. I've had a number of positions where I've stayed for 3-4 years at a school and one where I stayed for 16 years. What made that one different? First of all I think I loved the sense of school community and of being part of an institution that was moving forward. Secondly I think that professional development was a factor in keeping me at the school. I loved the growth mind-set. I loved the way that the school brought in world experts and sent us to international conferences where we could learn more and become even better at what we did. Above all, I think, I loved the sense that I was valued, that the school would invest in me, and that the school would allow me to follow my own interests and passions.
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