The quality of our schools is determined by the quality of our teachers. That means there is nothing more important than making sure that our best teachers feel well supported and motivated to continue in their jobs.  Afterall, it is easier to retain good quality staff, than to try to recruit new ones.

This strategic summit is for school leaders and HR leads.  Its purpose is to examine the evidence around teacher retention to help school leaders create or refine their own teacher retention strategy, to keep more high quality teachers in the profession for longer.  

We have brought together some of the best national speakers on teacher retention issues to offer their views and ideas in a day of discussion, together with one of the best facilitators in the education sector to guide us through a packed session.

Places are limited.  


The summit is free.


Facilitator: Jane Creasy, Visiting Senior Lecturer, UCL Institute of Education

Why do teachers stay; why do they leave? What does the evidence tell us about teacher retention?

Jack Worth
Lead Economist, National Foundation for Educational Research

Supporting teachers in their first five years

Prof Sam Twiselton
Director, Sheffield Institute of Education

Relational schools – what makes some organisations great places to work?

Dr Rob Loe
Director, Relational Schools Foundation, Cambridge

Practitioner viewpoint: Tackling teacher workload

Liz Whetham
LLE for Teamworks Teaching School Alliance and Headteacher

Recipe for success: how to help teachers and leaders to thrive

Melanie Renowden
Interim CEO, Ambition Institute

Get involved

Discuss & Debate

There will be plenty of opportunity during the day to explore your own teacher retention challenges. The session will include regular discussion slots to interrogate the evidence presented by speakers and to consider what it might mean in our own schools. If you have one, bring your own teacher recruitment and retention strategy and use the session to develop and refine it.

Who should attend?

The summIt will be most useful to senior school leaders who are part of an SLT, or who have specific responsibility for teacher recruitment and retention. In larger MATs, central staff with responsibility for the workforce are likely to find the session useful too. The summit is free for anyone, just register using the form. 

Coming Next

This is the first of two recruitment and retention summits organised by Bradford for Teaching. A second summit in December 2019 will focus specifically on the evidence base surrounding teacher recruitment. More news soon!

Meet the facilitator: Jane CreasyJane-Creasy

Jane is an independent consultant with experience of educational leadership at school and national level, specialising in supporting school leadership learning, policy development and school improvement.

She has worked with national and international organisations, local authorities and schools, focusing on the development and delivery of leadership programmes, as well as facilitating and designing conferences, think tanks and seminars for leaders in education.

Jane regularly facilitates large conferences, including the Inspiring Leadership Conference. She is also a Visiting Senior Lecturer at the University College London, Institute of Education.


Jack is an expert on the teacher labour market. His research and analysis aims to understand the changing teaching profession and identify ways of improving teacher recruitment and retention. He has given evidence to the Education Select Committee on how schools and policymakers can better retain teachers and is a member of the Department for Education’s Teacher Supply Model technical group.

He is an expert media commentator on the retention, recruitment and development of teachers. A regular on the NFER blog, Jack has also written for publications such as TES, Schools Week, ASCL’s Leader Magazine, Headteacher Update and Sec EdMagazine.

Professor Samantha Twiselton is the Director of Sheffield Institute of Education at Sheffield Hallam University - a national centre of education research and practice, recognised for its excellence and innovation in teaching and learning. In this role she uses her research and practice in the development of teacher expertise to develop a range of innovative workplace embedded approaches to Initial and Continuing Teacher development.

With experience in teacher education, curriculum development and language and literacy, Sam has been heavily involved in influencing Government policy on teacher education and was recently a member of the advisory panel for the Department for Education Carter Review of ITT in England and the DfE Expert Behaviour Management Panel chaired by Tom Bennett.

Dr Robert Loe is the Director of the Relational Schools Foundation in Cambridge. Having worked in education for over eighteen years with a range of leadership roles in schools throughout Essex and Cambridgeshire, Rob founded Relational Schools Project in 2014. He researches, writes and speaks on the importance of fostering positive relationships between key stakeholders in schools.

Liz Whetham is the Headteacher at Holy Trinity Primary School, A Church of England Academy in Halifax. She has worked at Holy Trinity since 2007 first as Deputy then Headteacher when the school converted to Academy status in 2012. She has been a teacher for 15 years, and has worked as an Advanced Skills Teacher and a local authority consultant.

Liz has championed the issue of teacher workload, working to reduce it both in her own school and in her work with other schools.

Holy Trinity was a National Support School and Lead Assessment school for the local authority. Since joining Holy Trinity, Liz has supported a number of schools as a Deputy and Headteacher, mainly leading professional learning opportunities, supporting teaching and learning development – specifically assessment. 

Melanie is the Interim CEO of the Ambition Institute - the merger of Ambition School Leadership and the Institute for Teaching. She has worked for nearly 25 years in education in the public and voluntary sectors. Before joining Ambition in 2011, she was Education Director at Business in the Community and Head of ‘Science Year’, a DfE STEM programme for schools. She is a former trustee of Teach First and is currently trustee of a primary multi academy trust. 

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