Last Friday afternoon I tweeted:
The reason for my tweet was that I had just received the message below indicating that School Led (still don’t know what this means) recruitment was at 90%:
So like other providers who have already suffered a 25% cut on their primary core allocation – on Friday afternoon I had to encourage colleagues to scurry around to try to finalize offers in the system whilst keeping schools updated. As indicated the panic induced is a combination of Black Friday shopping hysteria and ‘transfer day deadline’ mania brought about through ill conceived recruitment controls which encourage ITE providers to recruit as quickly as they can. As such it penalizes the diligent who seek the best candidates. Less than a week later Primary School Direct is now closed (email below 00:01 12th February 2016) and thousands of very able applicants will not even get the chance of an interview this year, whilst diligent providers are left with significant shortfalls in their recruitment (and budget).
Ironically the NCTL rationale for introduction of recruitment controls was to “empower School Direct lead schools, SCITTs and HEIs and give greater flexibility in recruitment to meet local need”
In fact this is the opposite of empowerment as the forcing of providers to compete against each other is debilitating and deprofessionalising. There are no winners in this silly ideological game!