Cornish schools join pilot to attract more young teachers to rural schools

December 11, 2020

The Diocese of Truro is one of nine pilot regions joining the new Rural Teaching Partnership. Cornish schools, serving areas of rural deprivation, will take part in a campaign to attract the brightest and best young teachers to come to the area.

The national Church of England, education charity Teach First and the Chartered College of Teaching are launching the new Rural Teaching Partnership. It will see trainee teachers, trained by Teach First, start two-year placements with Church of England primary schools in September 2021.

Those newly graduated teachers selected for placements will join either Church of England schools, or non-Church of England schools which are part of a Church of England federation or multi academy trust.

By coming together, these three organisations hope to tackle teacher recruitment challenges currently faced by schools in poorer rural areas, with evidence showing that rural school leaders face greater difficulties with staff recruitment and retention compared to urban schools.

The Diocese of Truro supports the work of 44 Church of England schools of varying sizes, many in rural or isolated locations.

“Attracting teachers can be very challenging”

“Attracting teachers to rural locations like Cornwall can be very challenging. The Rural Teaching Partnership will work with local communities and parishes to support trainee teachers, addressing some of the challenges of working in a rural location,” says Katie Fitzsimmons, the diocesan director of education. “Trusts and other providers already offer a variety of routes into teaching in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, which the pilot will sit alongside. It will also augment training tailored to the needs in our smallest schools.”

“We want to ensure that the children and young people of Cornwall benefit from more of the best young teachers entering the profession and being an active part of the Rural Teaching Partnership will help secure more to come to the county.”

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