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Scene’ contains the latest information affecting Nottingham City schools and is a key communications channel with Head Teachers, Governors and schools.  To view Scene please visit the Nottingham Schools website.

November 2018 – DfE

Reducing workload in schools: joint letter to all school leaders: A letter from the Secretary of State for Education and sector organisations about the importance of reducing workload in schools.

Reducing teacher workload: What the government is doing to reduce unnecessary workload for teachers, including details of the workload challenge.

September 2018 – DfE

Teacher subject specialism training (TSST) courses:  Find and apply for free teacher subject specialism training in England, available in secondary mathematics, core maths, physics and modern foreign languages.

Mathematics early-career payments: guidance for teachers and schools: Terms and conditions for mathematics early-career payments.

Access funding for continuing professional development in science: Project ENTHUSE provides bursaries to help teachers and technicians attend continuing professional development (CPD) courses.

Join the Future Leaders programme to help you progress to headship: The Future Leaders programme develops senior leaders to become headteachers in challenging schools.

Get help to increase participation in advanced maths: The advanced mathematics support programme provides CPD, resources and support to improve teaching and increase participation in post-16 maths education.

Join the Future Physics Leaders programme to develop as a specialist: The Future Physics Leaders programme helps teachers develop specialist subject knowledge, become a physics leader and work towards becoming a chartered physicist.

Get support to increase the take-up of A level physics: The Stimulating Physics Network provides free, bespoke support for teachers of physics to increase the take-up of A level physics, particularly by girls.

Help GCSE and A level students transition to higher level physics: Isaac Physics provides online extension material and continuing professional development, to help prepare students to study physics and related courses at university.

August 2018 – Annual teachers survey

Findings from online surveys conducted by YouGov on behalf of Ofsted on teachers’ awareness and perceptions of Ofsted. For the results please see links below:

Annual teachers survey 2018: teachers’ awareness and perceptions of Ofsted

Annual teachers survey 2017: teachers’ awareness and perceptions of Ofsted

July 2018 – Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy: Summer Term Roadshows

‘Colleagues might like to know there is a DfE retainment recruitment strategy event in Nottingham Thursday 5th July’

We are holding a series of roadshows across the country to seek teachers’ views on how to improve teacher recruitment and retention. These views will feed into the teacher recruitment and retention strategy which the SoS announced in March. The strategy will set out the next steps the Department and others in the sector need to take to improve teacher recruitment and retention and ensure teaching remains an attractive profession.

These events are an opportunity to ensure all the different people and organisations that have a role to play in teacher recruitment and retention can work together and make a genuine contribution to the development of the department’s work.

We want to share with teachers across the country some of the things we’ve learnt, learn what’s worked and what hasn’t, and hear from you what should be done to improve teacher recruitment and retention. In particular, we want to find out more about:

  • what attracted you into the profession
  • why teachers are leaving the profession and what can we do about it
  • if you previously considered leaving the profession, what prevented you
  • the recruitment and retention challenges you have experienced
  • what your school and/or Trust is doing to tackle some of these issues
  • the things that you know work, and
  • your ideas for other solutions we should consider.
  • The events will include workshops and discussions, and aim to provide teachers with an opportunity to help shape the Department’s policy development. In particular, we are keen to hear your views on areas including professional development, flexible working and entry routes into teaching and how they can be improved.

In the East Midlands and Humber region we are holding two roadshows: Thursday 5th July 1630 – 1830 at George Spencer Academy in Nottingham. Please accept our apologies for the short notice for these events, but as the SoS is keen for us to engage with as many as teachers as possible we would be grateful if you would promote these roadshows to teachers in schools across your networks.

 2 Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy: Case Studies Requested

The Department’s ITT marketing team are seeking trainee case studies who are willing to support a planned marketing campaign. Ideally case studies would have an interesting back story e.g. a career changer who has left a different profession to train to teach in order to ‘give back’ to the community.  Please could case studies be returned directly to me as soon as possible and ideally using the template attached. Alternatively, and as case studies are being sought as quickly as possible, you can send names and contact details directly to Laura Lane at so that the ITT marketing team can follow up individually. The deadline for us to receive these by is Wednesday 11 July.

June 2018 – Recruitment for STEM International teachers

The DfE have announced a new initiative to recruit  maths and physics teachers from Australia, Canada and the USA. Some Nottingham schools have experience of recruiting teachers from these countries and this initiative might help further. Our local network contact will be Hallam TSA


All secondary state-funded schools in England can access the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) international teacher recruitment programme to recruit mathematics or physics teachers. The Department for Education (DfE) will fund the:

  • recruitment costs
  • acclimatisation package

The recruiting school are responsible for paying the teacher’s salary.

All teachers recruited through our programme will have:

  • a minimum of 2 years teaching experience
  • qualified teacher status (QTS)
  • been rigorously screened to ensure they meet safeguarding requirements

The school-led networks, all of which are teaching schools, work with a DfE appointed recruitment provider to source suitable candidates. The networks are working with mathematics and physics subject specific associations to design and provide a full acclimatisation and continuing professional development (CPD) package for placed teachers.