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Teacher Recruitment Crisis in Jewish Schools

Wednesday 27th June 2018

In five weeks’ time, the current cohort of students on the London School of Jewish Studies Teacher Training Programmes will be graduating.

Based on statistics in the last three years, 100% of these graduates will have a teaching position in September in one of the many high performing Jewish primary schools across the community. This is because there are many more schools looking for teachers than there are candidates.

It is fair to say that schools are at a crisis point in recruitment, a trend that is seen nationally as well as in the Jewish Community. In fact, the problem is more acute in Jewish Schools than across the country.

Jonathan Bach, Director of Teacher Training programmes has received calls from 9 Headteachers in the past two weeks urgently looking for staff to start in September.

He said, “This situation is untenable in the long term for the schools. They come to rely on agency staff, who are not only incredibly expensive for schools whose budgets are already stretched, but offer no stability for the children, especially in primary schools. Of course, when it comes to Jewish Studies teachers, the agency option is not available, often leaving existing staff to work over and above their agreed contracts.

“We have absolutely wonderful schools across the spectrum of the community for our children and Jewish schools have become ever more popular over the past 15 years. However, we need to take responsibility as a community for ensuring that we have the personnel properly trained to staff them."

LSJS runs the JTTP (Jewish Teacher Training Partnership), the only government approved provider of teacher training in the Jewish Community. The primary SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) course is a one-year qualification enabling individuals to train as a teacher and gain QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) and a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) qualification in one year.

The shortage of qualified teachers is so problematic, that we have decided to extend the deadline for accepting applications for the upcoming year’s course to Friday 29th June 2018. We are looking for graduates who may not yet have secured a job who want to gain an extra qualification (a PGCE and QTS) in a year with a view to becoming a teacher. We are also looking for working people who have a degree who are looking to change careers; this could equally be a young person or someone further on in their career who is looking to take a step back from the ‘rat race’ and move to a career that will help shape, educate and mould our children as well as be personally fulfilling.

We support and nurture the trainees and give them 120 work experience days in schools, which gives a clear, overall picture of what the job entails. Trainees will also learn from experts in the field at the LSJS campus in Hendon.

LSJS tutors will be meeting graduates interested in hearing more about the course on Wednesday 4th July for coffee and cake in Golders Green to provide those interested an opportunity to chat to tutors about the course.

Please contact Jane in the LSJS office on jane.clist@lsjs.ac.uk or on 020 8203 6427 to find out more details or register your interest by Friday 29th June 2018.

Contact

London School of Jewish Studies
Schaller House
Wohl Campus for Jewish Education
44a Albert Road
London
NW4 2SJ
   020 8203 6427
E    info@lsjs.ac.uk

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