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The teaching workforce in England - recruitment, retention, professional development, wellbeing and inspection

Morning, Thursday, 10th February 2022

This conference will examine key issues for the teaching workforce including priorities for teacher recruitment, retention and professional development.

The agenda also looks at staff wellbeing and reducing fatigue moving forward - particularly in light of the pandemic - as well as staff professional development and teacher accountability.

It takes place with reforms for Initial teacher training, and the new suite of national professional qualifications (NPQs).

Those attending will look at their likely effectiveness in moving forward the profession, and encouraging both newly qualified and experienced staff to stay in teaching.

The conference will also consider priorities for Ofsted, including the options for longer inspections, and how the regulator is implementing the measures set out in the Education Staff Wellbeing Charter. This comes in the context of the resumption of full inspections following the return to in-person teaching.

Sessions in the agenda include:

  • current state of play - an overview of recruitment, retention, and professional development in England’s schools, and priorities going forward
  • staff wellbeing and mental health - workload, organisational cultures, and new ways of working
  • retention - pay, support for early career teachers, progression, professional autonomy, diversity, and developing subject specialists
  • CPD - quality, availability, impact, school strategies and the new NPQs
  • quality and accountability - the new inspection framework, pressure on teachers, catch-up schemes and teacher development within schools
  • best practice - learning from other jurisdictions

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from: Hayden Llewellyn, Chief Executive, Education Workforce Council, Wales; Stephen Munday, Chief Executive, The Cam Academy Trust; and President, Chartered College of Teaching; and Dr Nicola Platt, Lead Education Adviser, Education Development Trust.

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from the Department for Education; Ofsted; MOD; and the Welsh Government.

Keynote Speakers

Stephen Munday

Chief Executive, The Cam Academy Trust; and President, Chartered College of Teaching

Hayden Llewellyn

Chief Executive, Education Workforce Council

Keynote Speakers

Stephen Munday

Chief Executive, The Cam Academy Trust; and President, Chartered College of Teaching

Hayden Llewellyn

Chief Executive, Education Workforce Council

Dr Nicola Platt

Lead Education Adviser, Education Development Trust


Steve McCabe MP

Member, Work and Pensions Committee


Colin Melville

Medical Director and Director of Education and Standards, General Medical Council

Jonny Uttley

Chief Executive, The Education Alliance

Sinéad McBrearty

Chief Executive Officer, Education Support

Darren Northcott

National Official, Education, NASUWT

Emma Turner

CPD and Research Lead, Discovery Trust

Dr Sarah Charles

Head of the Institute of Education, University of Derby

James Coleman

Head of Operations and Training, National Association of School Based Teacher Trainers

Sir Andrew Carter

Chief Executive, South Farnham Educational Trust

Jack Worth

School Workforce Lead, NFER

Chris McShane

Chief Executive Officer, Learning 3D

Dr Kristy Turner

School Teacher Fellow (Chemistry Education and Transition), University of Manchester

Chris Misselbrook

Wellness Coach and First Aider for Mental Health, MindFirst UK; and PE Teacher, The Angerming School, Littlehampton

Matthew Mannas

Advanced Skills Teacher, Specialist Leader in Education, and CPD Lead, Comberton Village College

Rebecca Gale

Lead Practitioner & Research Coordinator, Cambourne Village College

Professor Christopher Day

Professor of Education/ member, University of Nottingham/ Centre for Research on Educational Leadership and Management

Suzanne Beckley

Education Policy Specialist, National Education Union