Level Playing Field Needed In Teacher Recruitment

The question of teacher recruitment was raised in Enniskillen. It was implied that the current recruitment process can be unfair to young teachers.

Stephen Farry felt it was important that local authorities did have a hand in the recruitment process but it was important to ensure parity in the recruitment process. He said: “The critical thing is ensuring there’s a level playing field and there isn’t a closed shop in relation to schools going back to teachers they’ve known before.”

He also added that there was an ‘over-supply’ of trainee teachers and with a dwindling number of pupils, there was an imbalance between supply and demand, leading to challenging times ahead for teacher recruitment.

Do you think that there is sometimes a ‘closed-shop’ in teacher recruitment? Also, what do you think of the future of teacher training and recruitment if there is an over-supply of trainee teachers?

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