Schools across Bedford are working together to attract the best teachers to join them and, alongside Bedford Borough Council, have launched the Teach Bedford website inviting these high-quality teaching professionals.
As a joint venture between the Borough Council, the Bedford Borough Learning Exchange (BBLE) and all schools, the website provides a whole host of information about what it is like to live and work in the area and the benefits a teaching role in Bedford Borough can bring. It also hosts all current teaching vacancies in Bedford.
Cllr Henry Vann, Portfolio Holder for Education at Bedford Borough Council said: “To ensure that all local children and young people have access to a great education, we need to attract, recruit and keep the best teachers. As a Borough we treasure great teachers and we know what an important role they play in inspiring and opening up opportunities to children and young people.”
14 out of the 14 Local Authority maintained schools inspected by Ofsted this academic year have been judged to be either good or outstanding.
As well as the 100% achievement record, Bedford Borough is also currently the seventh best place in the country for Lower and Primary schools according to Ofsted. This new initiative will help support this performance by supporting and attracting great teachers.
Last year, schools in Bedford Borough were praised after the Local Authority area was recognised by Ofsted as offering one of the best opportunities in the country for children to attend a good or outstanding primary school. Schools in Bedford Borough were ranked as 13th out of 153 local authorities across the country and number one in the Eastern region.
Alison Wilshaw-Quinn, from St Thomas More Teaching School acting as a spokesperson from BBLE said: “The launch of this new ‘Teach Bedford’ website demonstrates the proactive nature of the Borough Council and Bedford Learning Exchange Head Teachers in working together locally to solve what has become a national problem where recruiting teachers is concerned. The partnership work completed at all levels with schools in Bedford, the college and University of Bedford, funded by the Borough, has enabled us to launch this exciting project to recruit trainee teachers in to the profession as well as having a platform to recruit existing teachers in to the area. Further initiatives will also be rolled out in the coming months.”
If you would like to view the Teach Bedford website, go to teachbedford.co.uk
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