How school leaders can benefit from a free recruiting service

David Earnshaw CBE, Chair of Trustees at Outwood Grange Academies Trust (OGAT), talks about his experience as a school principal during the COVID-19 pandemic and why he would recommend the teaching opportunities, provided by the DfE, to help with the recruitment.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of school operations and this has given OGAT the opportunity to improve and evaluate recruiting practices. Teaching vacancies was an obvious choice for us in taking a new approach to teacher recruitment, it is the official teaching job search and listing service provided by the DfE and it is free.

Nearly four in five state-funded schools (81%) have already signed up for the service, with thousands of job-seeking teachers visiting the website every week.

Saving money in schools

Recruiting contributes to our overall budget and, like many schools, we have been frustrated to see so much money being spent on teacher recruitment advertising. Although the Trust has worked to keep recruiting advertising costs to a minimum, they have gone up. Some large Multi Academy Trusts spend up to £ 500,000. Therefore, we were drawn to the no-cost offer of Vacant Teachers and the freedom to advertise as often as needed.

The money saved using the free directory service was redirected to improving student achievement. The use of teaching vacancies is encouraged for all of our schools and due to the size of our Trust we are one of the largest service users in the West Yorkshire area. Our hope is that by moving to teaching vacancies we can completely remove the cost of recruiting advertising.

Save time in schools and provide more control

Teaching vacancies allows schools to control their own recruitment through a simplified service. When listing a teaching job, you can upload supporting documents such as application forms, job descriptions, or video links. This gives potential candidates a taste of the school environment. Since listing a job is a standardized process, you don’t have to waste time typing the same information on different websites or customizing your ad to fit the format of a recruiting website.

It also means schools don’t have to worry about posting a job at a certain time of day to grab the attention of potential candidates, and don’t need to create paid ads and banners, which can be an additional cost when using alternative recruiting services. .

Having a nationally available teacher recruitment service has the potential to work for everyone, helps reduce taxes and time spent on advertising, and gives schools autonomy in the recruitment process.

All state-run primary and secondary schools in England can use this service, to find out more visit Vacancies for teachers website.

List a teaching job.

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