Partnership scheme aims to pinpoint top education talent

scheme to target top teaching talent from the pool of supply teachers has been
set up by two colleges and a recruitment and training agency.

Lancashire Teaching Agency (LTA) – a partnership of Lancashire County Council,
Reed Educational Professionals (part of the Reed recruitment and training
group) and Edge Hill College, one of the largest trainers of teachers in the UK
– has been set up in a bid to ensure schools get better access to highly
qualified staff.

partnership will provide supply teachers with the benefits of more pay, a
pension, and an innovative continuous training programme.

will combine its core business of recruiting and deploying supply teachers to
many of Lancashire’s 647 schools with an innovative approach to professional

supply teacher on the LTA’s books will be offered an individually tailored
training plan for continuing professional development. Alongside traditional
face-to-face training opportunities, the courses will be delivered online, with
progress recorded online using the latest web-based technology. The scheme will
enable teachers to develop their capabilities and skill while working in
Lancashire schools.

Southworth, Lancashire Local Education Authority’s recruitment and retention
project director, said: "We aim to provide schools with high-quality
teaching support and help to continue our success recruiting and retaining
teachers in Lancashire. Our overall aim is to give our pupils the best possible
teaching available."

By Ben Willmott

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