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Find out about teaching vacancies at recruitment fair
More teachers than ever before are turning to Medway for careers
in teaching, and next week's teacher recruitment fair (22 March) is
set to increase numbers further.
Medway Council will be hosting its third annual teacher
recruitment fair on Wednesday, 22 March, at the Corn Exchange in
Rochester – the biggest event of its kind in Medway. The event from
3-7pm will highlight a whole host of opportunities for new
teachers, those interested in teaching and those already in the
Around 70 schools, recruitment agencies, teacher training
providers and universities will be represented, making it an ideal
opportunity to hear about all the best vacancies and ways into
There will also be a chance to meet head teachers from local
schools on the look out for fresh and outstanding talent, making
this an event that anyone interested in teaching as a career,
should not miss.
Those wishing to attend need to register their
'All kinds of opportunities'
Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services Cllr
Andrew Mackness said: “Following on from our successful recruitment
fair last year, we’re pleased to be delivering it again to help get
the very best teachers into Medway schools. It’s a good opportunity
for schools to showcase what they have on offer to prospective
teachers, newly qualified teachers and experienced teachers. We are
hosting the event on behalf of both local authority maintained
schools and academies in order to meet the challenge of attracting
and retaining teachers."
Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Educational Attainment and
Improvement Cllr Martin Potter said “Being a teacher myself, I am
keen to promote the profession and the council’s recruitment fair
really is a great place to hear about the latest opportunities and
routes into teaching. It offers a platform to learn about all kinds
of schools, offering all kinds of opportunities.
“We need to have the very best teachers working in Medway
schools, engaging our young people and helping them achieve to
their full potential.”
Drive to recruit more teachers in Medway
Over the past 18-months Medway Council has unleashed an action
plan to tackle the national challenge surrounding the recruitment
of teachers at a local level. As a result, teachers in the
authority’s talent pool have increased by almost 280, and 350
prospective teachers have registered their interest to start their
teaching career in Medway.
Just some of the reasons for this success include:
• The development and promotion of vacancies via a dedicated
• Running workshops for head teachers and business managers
focused on recruitment and retention strategy development
• Providing opportunities for prospective teachers to access
routes into teaching
• Increasing schools’ use of online applications and applicant
• Working with private sector companies (JobsGoPublic, Eteach
and TES) to ensure Medway schools maximise their outreach when
• Promoting teaching in Medway internationally to eight
countries in partnership with recruitment agencies including:
Australia (with Supplydesk), South Africa (with Red teachers) and
Ireland (with UTeach).
The enhanced campaign and positive results have led to Medway
Council being shortlisted in the Kent CIPD awards for innovative
teacher recruitment, for which the winner will be announced on
Thursday, 23 March.
The council also achieved finalist status at the Personnel Today
Awards in October 2016 for Talent Management.