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Getting talented teachers to where they are needed most

19 May 2016

Education Development Trust considers what could make the government's National Teaching Service initiative effective.

A worrying trend highlighted in the UK government' s recent Education White Paper – Education Excellence Everywhere – illustrated the geographic nature of education inequality. With the highest performing schools in England pulling away from the rest and leaving behind pockets of entrenched deprivation, the government's National Teaching Service initiative has a challenging remit. As an evidence-informed organisation, Education Development Trust considers what could make this programme effective.

In this clip CEO Steve Munby talks to Lucy Crehan, who has spent considerable time in countries such as Japan and China looking at how they have addressed these issues. Steve shares his views on getting talented teachers to where they are needed most, the need for the National Teaching Service to select not just excellent teachers but teachers who make an impact beyond the classroom as middle leaders and coaches, and for our good system of strong autonomous, accountable schools to be supported by an approach that doesn’t just widen the pool of excellent teachers available to them, but brings those able to lead too.