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Great teachers: attracting, training and retaining the best

Inquiry status: Inquiry concluded, Report and Government Response published

It is widely accepted that the quality of teachers is one of the most important factors in improving our education system. In this long inquiry, which heard evidence from a range of sources, the Education Committee examined the characteristics which define the best teachers, and at how to develop policies which will attract those candidates to the profession, train and develop them, and retain them.

The Committee published its report, 'Great teachers', on 25 April 2012. It includes a number of recommendations concerning the recruitment, training and retention of teachers which the Committee hopes will help to develop this valuable and vital profession. You can read the Committee's report (which includes a short executive summary and a separate list of conclusions and recommendations) by clicking here - The Education Committee's Ninth Report of the 2010-12 session Great teachers: attracting, training and retaining the best (HC 1515), published 1st May 2012 

As ever, the Committee grounded its recommendations in the evidence it had heard, from a wide range of experts and stakeholders. The Inquiry received over 60 written submissions, and took oral evidence from a range of witnesses. A full list of witnesses and a list of the written submissions received can be found by clicking here Great teachers: written evidence and oral evidence sessions   

Additionally, the Committee held a number of other meetings or visits to inform its inquiry, including as part of a four-day trip to Singapore. Reports of those meetings and visits are annexed to the full report.      

Publications

Title Date published
Attracting, Training and Retaining the Best Teachers - written evidence 17 September 2012
1st Special Report - Great teachers: attracting, training and retaining the best: Government Response to the Committee's Ninth Report of Session 2010-12 | PDF version 1st Special Report - Great teachers: attracting, training and retaining the best: Government Response to the Committee's Ninth Report of Session 2010-12 (PDF) 16 July 2012
9th Report - Great teachers: attracting, training and retaining the best - Volume III | PDF version 9th Report - Great teachers: attracting, training and retaining the best - Volume III (PDF) 03 May 2012
9th Report - Great teachers: attracting, training and retaining the best - Volume I | PDF version 9th Report - Great teachers: attracting, training and retaining the best - Volume I (PDF) 01 May 2012
9th Report - Great teachers: attracting, training and retaining the best - Volume II | PDF version 9th Report - Great teachers: attracting, training and retaining the best - Volume II (PDF) 01 May 2012
Attracting, training and retaining the best teachers - uncorrected evidence - 5 March 2012 13 March 2012
Attracting, training and retaining the best teachers - uncorrected evidence - 22 February 2012 27 February 2012
Attracting, Training and Retaining the Best Teachers - uncorrected evidence - 25 January 2012 03 February 2012
Attracting, Training and Retaining the Best Teachers - uncorrected evidence - 7 December 2011 13 December 2011
Attracting, Training and Retaining the Best Teachers - written evidence 25 November 2011
Attracting, Training and Retaining the Best Teachers - uncorrected evidence - 23 November 2011 25 November 2011
Attracting, Training and Retaining the Best Teachers - uncorrected evidence - 9 November 2011 15 November 2011

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    • Reports and associated evidence – Reports of Committee inquires. This category may also include Special Reports where they are used by a Committee to bring matters relating to conduct of its business to the notice of the House.
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    • Correspondence - Correspondence sent from or received by the Committee or its Chair.