“It is no secret teacher recruitment and retention is one of the biggest issues facing the sector, but the fact that it is schools in disadvantaged areas struggling to recruit the most is particularly pernicious. If we are serious about tackling social injustice then we must do more to ensure our best teachers are placed in the schools that need them most. We agree with the Sutton Trust’s recommendation that pupil premium money would be well spent on recruiting and retaining great teachers.
“If we look at schools like Dixons Trinity Academy in Bradford, or Kings Leadership Academy in Warrington, we can see that with outstanding teaching and a strong culture, the barriers posed by social disadvantage can be tackled and teaching in some of the most deprived areas can be made much more appealing.
"Our report released last week, Free schools: the next 10 years, called on the next Government to commit to opening free schools in every local authority, so that we can ensure that children in disadvantaged areas have access to great schools that can attract and retain the very best staff.”