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21 October - 17 November
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Making Teaching Attractive and Worthwhile

Classroom scene with a teacher teaching a group of half a dozen children

What’s on offer?

Durham University Evidence Centre for Education is delighted to invite you to a one-day event to celebrate the Festival of Social Science. This is a face-to-face event with some members joining us online from outside the UK.  The event is free and open to the public.

What’s it about?

The teaching profession faces increasing difficulties in recruiting and retaining teachers, with teachers facing complex roles, diverse classrooms, and tough workloads, linked to stress. Our analyses of international data across 34 countries suggest that shortages are most likely in countries where teachers report long statutory teaching hours and high levels of intimidation and abuse by students. Some ethnic minority teachers are facing additional barriers to entering teaching.

In this event we will examine ways to improve the status of teachers, increase the ethnic diversity of the teaching workforce, and make teaching more attractive, with an emphasis on teacher wellbeing. We will present robust evidence-based solutions to how we can tackle shortages and the best approaches to addressing teacher mental wellbeing. Event participants, including school teachers, governors, headteachers and policymakers will engage in discussions with experts and commentators to share their experiences and suggest plans of action. The format will be like BBC “Question Time” with pre-prepared and spontaneous questions and comments from the audience participants.

There will be three brief presentations, focussing on ideas relating to improving the working conditions of teachers, and a new approach to supporting teacher wellbeing. These will stimulate comments and further questions from the audience participants. There will be a short break for refreshments to allow informal conversation with presenters and development of items for discussion. The second part will be a "Question Time" panel including representatives from a local authority, DfE and the media. All welcome.

Who’s leading the event?

Prof Beng Huat See, Durham University Evidence Centre for Education and Prof Stephen Gorard, both from the School of Education

Open to


Of particular interest to

School teachers, governors, school leaders, policymakers and stakeholders

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