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Education Secretary begins push to recruit 6,500 new teachers

Education Secretary takes first steps to reset relationship with teaching profession and recruit 6,500 new teachers.

The Education Secretary has today (Monday 8 July), begun work delivering the government's pledge to recruit 6,500 new teachers.

Bridget Phillipson will immediately embark on resetting the government's relationship with the sector and transforming the image of teaching - seen by the government as key to both recruiting new teachers and retaining those already in classrooms.

As one of her first steps in post, the Education Secretary will today write to all education workforces to make clear the valuable role they will play in this government's agenda for change.

The Education Secretary will hold a reception with key education stakeholders later this week, as well as making it a priority to meet with teaching unions in the coming days.

The Department for Education will also immediately resume - and expand - its flagship teacher recruitment campaign, Every Lesson Shapes a Life. It will also restart its further education recruitment campaign, Share Your Skills.

Today's announcements illustrate the government's intent to re-establish teaching as an attractive, expert profession, where the immeasurable impact which teachers can make on children's lives is truly valued.