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Talent management and staff development

School Workforce
Teachers and school leaders are in the business of developing talent, but this isn’t limited to their work with students. Sean Harris examines the need for talent management in schools and how leaders can approach this successfully
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According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, “talent consists of those individuals who can make a difference to organisational performance, either through their immediate contribution or in the longer term by demonstrating the highest levels of potential” (CIPD, 2021).

Talent-mapping can be defined as an organisation’s recruitment, retention, and talent development strategy and is a vitally important task for leaders in schools.


Talent-mapping matters

Schools are facing unprecedented challenges regarding the recruitment and retention. Workforce data from the Department for Education (DfE, 2023) shows that almost 40,000 teachers left the profession last year for pastures new.

On top of this, the annual teacher labour market report (Mclean et al, 2023) states: “Historically low recruitment into initial teacher training and falling retention rates point towards a deteriorating attractiveness of teaching compared to other occupations and affirms that urgent policy action is needed across the sector to address the teacher supply challenge.”

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