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EDITIONS
Monday, 2 April, 2001, 12:33 GMT 13:33 UK
Housing help for teachers
Housing
Teachers' housing costs could be subsidised
Extra cash to tackle the teacher shortage can be spent on housing subsidies and childcare, as head teachers are encouraged to design their own recruitment packages to fill classroom vacancies.

Recruitment packages for teachers
£33m this year via local authorities
Additional salary
Housing subsidies
Travel subsidies
Childcare support
£2m still to be allocated
Education Secretary David Blunkett has given further details of how £33m should be spent on the recruitment and retention of secondary teachers - and he will be writing to local authorities urging them to pass money straight on to schools.

As schools still face the threat of industrial action over staff shortages, heads will be able to offer customised recruitment packages to attract new staff, similar to the schemes available in the private sector.

The majority of local authorities which will receive the extra money are in greater London and the south-east - and help with high housing costs can be offered to attract teachers.

Or else heads will be able to provide other incentives, such as assistance with child care or help with other family needs.

If teachers are being recruited from a long distance and they do not want to re-locate, heads will be able to offer support with travel costs.

And for heads concerned about losing key members of their existing staff, such incentives will be available in form of retention packages.

'Golden handcuffs'

Under changes already made to the pay structure, head teachers can seek to keep key staff with "golden handcuffs" worth up to £15,000 extra per year.

Another £2m will be allocated after the latest survey of staff vacancies has been analysed.

The largest single amount is awarded to Essex local education authority, where earlier this year the director of education wrote to Mr Blunkett warning him of the dangers of a deepening recruitment crisis.

"We have acted to provide targeted support which combines cash for local education authorities and discretion for headteachers to spend this money in the most effective way to attract and retain staff," said Mr Blunkett.

'Melt down'

But the National Union of Teachers, which is taking part in industrial action over teacher shortages, said that the recruitment plans still failed to address the full scale of the shortage in the supply of teachers.

And the union's general secretary, Doug McAvoy, said that European education ministers meeting at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development this week would hear that England and Wales "have the worst problems of recruitment and retention in the region".

"The OECD warns of  ¿melt down¿ due to the severe staffing shortages. I look forward to hearing the education secretary¿s reaction."

Retention and Recruitment Fund Allocations by Local Education Authority (2001- 2002)

Derby
360,000
Bedfordshire
599,000
Essex
1,867,000
Hertfordshire
810,000
Luton
301,000
Southend-on-Sea
243,000
Suffolk
473,000
Thurrock
417,000
Barking and Dagenham
551,000
Barnet
904,000
Bexley
751,000
Brent
707,000
Bromley
860,000
Camden
427,000
Croydon
928,000
Ealing
812,000
Enfield
893,000
Greenwich
682,000
Hackney
496,000
Hammersmith and Fulham
327,000
Haringey
637,000
Harrow
544,000
Havering
689,000
Hillingdon
760,000
Hounslow
677,000
Islington
452,000
Kensington and Chelsea
204,000
Kingston upon Thames
387,000
Lambeth
528,000
Lewisham
663,000
Merton
445,000
Newham
924,000
Redbridge
801,000
Richmond upon Thames
375,000
Southwark
652,000
Sutton
547,000
Tower Hamlets
696,000
Waltham Forest
676,000
Wandsworth
535,000
Westminster
343,000
Blackburn with Darwen
243,000
Bracknell Forest
145,000
Brighton and Hove
286,000
Buckinghamshire
708,000
East Sussex
311,000
Hampshire
1,652,000
Kent
980,000
Medway
424,000
Milton Keynes
325,000
Portsmouth
250,000
Reading
169,000
Slough
186,000
Southampton
288,000
Surrey
650,000
West Sussex
494,000
Windsor and Maidenhead
181,000
Wokingham
226,000

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