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Following the success of the award winning Teach in Herts Teacher Recruitment Fair in 2016, the Board of Herts for Learning has committed to proactively help fund and support Hertfordshire schools once again, by running a third teacher recruitment fair on Saturday 4th March 2017 at Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage.  

Many schools across Hertfordshire continue to struggle to recruit sufficient high-quality teaching staff and leaders. The problem faces all phases and all areas of the county and continues to be the single biggest cross-cutting issue of concern for schools.

Competition for attracting quality teaching staff is also increasing from outside of Hertfordshire, with other counties now following our lead and aggressively pursuing similar teacher recruitment activity and events.

A steering committee of headteachers and HfL staff has continued to work together over the past year to develop a number of strands of work to address the challenge, including encouraging young people to join the profession, leadership development and well-being programmes, considering new pathways in to teaching and promoting teacher recruitment into Hertfordshire across the South and East of England and our most valuable resource, the Teach in Herts service and website.

As part of this continued work, the third Teach in Herts Teacher Recruitment Fair is being organised, and all Hertfordshire shareholding schools are once again invited to attend and exhibit on a stand free of charge.

The teacher recruitment fair provides you with the opportunity to:

  • advertise your current and anticipated vacancies and talk directly to candidates
  • promote your school and develop a long term pool of potential candidates
  • offer work experience/visits or other activity
  • help secure a future pipeline of candidates for the profession in Hertfordshire through face to face engagement

The event is restricted to HfL shareholding schools only and no third party agencies will be permitted to attend.

In addition to school exhibitions, a range of workshops will be running throughout the day for attendees, each focussed on a different target audience, such as NQT support, applying for a first teaching job, returning to teaching, overseas qualified teachers, teaching assistants and those thinking of a career change to teaching.  Advice surgeries will also be running to support and answer queries from individuals regarding their teaching career path. The workshops will be staggered with the aim of improving the flow of attendees for schools throughout the day. 

Headline data from the Teach in Herts Teacher Recruitment Fair 2016

  • 542  people attended
  • 59% pre-registered to attend
  • 214  ‘walk ins’ on the day
  • 28% of attendees were considering a career change to teaching
  • 20% of attendees were currently training to be a teacher or had recently qualified
  • 19% of attendees were qualified teachers
  • 13% of attendees were overseas qualified teachers

166  Hertfordshire schools attended the event representing 302 shareholding schools, with 88% of these subsequently pursuing candidates they met on the day - many going on to fill their teaching vacancies with these candidates.

The event will once again be supported by a national advertising campaign, which will include press, social media, online and radio advertising and will in part, focus on areas of the country where teacher shortages are not so apparent.  Adverts will promote the recruitment fair and encourage potential attendees to pre-register their attendance on www.teachinherts.com so please ensure that your school profile is up to date on the website and that all your current vacancies are being advertised.  This should include photos, document and copy to attract candidates to your school.

To book for your school/cluster of schools, please click on the link: http://bit.ly/RFexhibitor. Space is limited and stands will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  Closing date for booking a stand is Monday 20th February 2017. Guidance on putting a stand together will be provided and will be emailed to you once your stand booking has been confirmed.

The recruitment fair will be open between 10.00am and 3.30pm and attending schools should have staff available on their stand for the whole day. Many attendees that arrived mid-afternoon last year were disappointed to find a number of schools had left prior to the end of the event. Wherever possible, materials for your stand should be delivered to Hertfordshire Development Centre during the afternoon of Friday 3rd March.

Further information and marketing materials to promote the recruitment fair through governor, staff and parent networks will be sent out to schools over the coming weeks. We would appreciate it if you could disseminate these widely to promote the event and help to make it a success for all.

Meanwhile, if you have any questions or helpful suggestions about the event, please do get in touch with Anne Taylor, Head of School Recruitment Services at email: teachinherts@hertsforlearning.co.uk