Schools across the country urged to sign up to free DFE teacher vacancy service to save millions on recruiting teachers into the classroom
The Education Secretary is calling on all schools in England to use a free service to advertise teaching vacancies – and invest the millions spent every year on recruitment back into teaching.
Launching Teaching Vacancies – a website to advertise full, part-time and job-share roles to active job seekers – Damian Hinds is calling on all schools to sign up to the service to cut down on up to £75 million spent every year to advertise jobs.
Some schools are paying a £1,000 per advert or huge subscription fees on job boards – more than 8,000 schools (38%) nationwide have already signed up to the service.
Mr Hinds has told schools they should now stop using platforms that charge “excessive” fees to pay to list job adverts immediately – encouraging even more schools to switch to the new, free-of-charge service.
Education Secretary Damian Hinds said:
Teachers are the beating heart of our education system and school leaders want to make sure they recruit the best to inspire students. But finding the best has become very expensive.
With every school in the country now having access to this completely free site, I am calling on schools to ditch platforms that charge a fee. Why spend £1,000 on a service you can get for free?
These steps underpin the Secretary of State’s commitment to champion the teaching profession – having launched the first-ever integrated recruitment and retention strategy – and to make a strong case for education spending across Government ahead of the next spending review.