Head teachers often explain to me the difficulty of recruiting teachers in our area. I am therefore pleased to announce that the Department for Education’s Opportunity Area programme will be awarding twenty-five £10,000 grants to schools who will be recruiting teachers in September 2018.

The grants are designed to allow the school to pick from a menu of incentives that the school can offer potential applicants – this is to ensure that our schools can secure the best teachers in Cambridgeshire. Grants will be awarded according to the following criteria: staff turnover, Ofsted rating, shortage subjects.

I hope that ALL schools who have staff vacancies will register their interest in this scheme by emailing Briony.Davies@cambridgeshire.gov.uk as this is just one of the many initiatives being brought out by the Department for Education wo support our teachers.

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