Boost your teacher recruitment strategy with specialist software 

Effective education recruitment attracts the right teaching staff for the right roles. But in the fast-paced, high-stakes world of education hiring, that’s not always easy. 

To improve your recruitment strategy, you can use specialist education recruitment software, which can help you to reduce admin and speed up the recruitment process. It enables you to quickly respond to applicants, and easily view ongoing recruitment efforts in a centralised online space.

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Take the pressure off teacher recruitment by improving retention  

Recruiting the right teaching talent is important, but it’s not the only action schools and trusts can take amidst teacher shortages. 

By focusing on the staff you already have, your recruitment efforts won’t go to waste when new talent does come aboard. Schools and trusts can use HR software to achieve this by: 

  • Supporting school staff with training and CPD; education-specific solutions like Every HR have core training and development modules. 
  • Providing management with the means to process and accommodate flexible working for teachers and school staff 
  • Using school or trust-wide data to improve policy and decision-making

What are the recruitment and retention advantages of workforce management software?   

One benefit of workforce management software is helping your school or MAT with its education recruitment processes. Let’s explore this further and look at some of the other advantages. 

  • Effective, cost-efficient teacher recruitment

    Rather than using a separate HR system or paying a teacher recruitment agency to track applications and job adverts, you can use integrated software that stores recruitment and applicant data in one place. This reduces potential outsourcing costs.  

    For instance, instead of logging into your website to manually upload job vacancies, HR software automatically uploads and manages your job adverts (both live and closed). This streamlines the process for your administrative teams and speeds up the recruitment journey overall.   

  • Improve the onboarding process

    Your education recruitment process doesn’t end when someone signs their offer letter. An effective workforce management system handles all your essential onboarding processes, saving time for new starters and your administrative team.   

    HR systems can also help new starters (particularly early career teachers) feel at ease in their new work environment. They can access all the essential resources and training they need without searching in different places.  

    Let’s say a new TA starts at your school. With a cloud HR system, your administrative team doesn’t have to print stacks of documents for your new starter to view or sign. Instead, they can read and sign digital copies and submit them to a centralised system when completed.  

  • Promoting career development and learning

    Schools and trusts can use HR software with training and CPD capabilities to support staff and help progress their careers.  

    A good HR system will allow teachers to:  

    • Find and complete training and courses that help with their professional development. For instance, a teacher might want to increase their knowledge of ADHD or autism in children to help support their SENDCO students. With an HR system, they can access a list of relevant e-learning or in-person courses in their area.
    • Log their training hours using a self-service portal. As part of their development plan, they may have to complete a set amount of training every term. An integrated HR system allows them to monitor their progress and gives them a sense of accomplishment. 
  • Manage performance

    A built-in HR system allows you to manage and monitor the performance of every staff member, from teaching assistants to senior leaders.   

    If school staff are unclear about their targets or don’t feel their career aspirations are being taken into account, they may well look for opportunities elsewhere. Training and development software that’s part of your HR system allows you to set clear goals, monitor progression, and pinpoint areas for improvement. 

    It also allows managers to easily spot when staff are having trouble completing CPD modules, so solutions can be provided. If a teacher never has time to do training, you can put measures in place to ensure they can prioritise their development – e.g. reduce immediate workload or provide cover so the teacher has time to complete the training. 

  • Standardise performance to support career progression

    Whether you’re a school or trust, maintaining consistent performance management across your teams can help improve retention.  

    There’s a lot of value in establishing consistency when it comes to performance management. A standardised approach makes it easier to outline role competencies and create a career framework, offering staff a clear route to pursuing career aspirations, which helps improve retention.    

    Great workforce management software makes all this simple, offering pre-defined templates based on best practices. When everyone’s on the same page, leadership can get an accurate reading of strengths and weaknesses, allowing for better decision-making. 

  • Improving cover management

    With the right HR software which features an absence management system, schools can create and maintain a pool of substitute teaching talent they can call on. 

    This means that when a teacher can’t make it into school, management can find suitable cover for the class without leaning on existing teaching staff to fill in the gaps. This keeps pressure off teachers and helps improve teacher retention. 

    It also provides a good alternative to relying on teacher recruitment agencies, which may send teachers unfamiliar with your students or school environment. 


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  • Motivate your staff 
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Sharing resources drives success across schools and trusts    

Cloud-based HR systems allow you to share resources across your school or trust and enhance your decision-making. 

Instead of hiring an external training specialist or provider to upskill staff, use the talent that’s already available to you. 

Great HR software can help you carry out a skills mapping exercise to determine what kinds of expertise your current staff has. If one school in your trust excels at behaviour management, for example, use the data to assign skilled individuals to run sessions detailing how they’ve achieved success.  

This not only offers teachers the chance to develop their skills and connect with new colleagues, but it also provides speakers the opportunity to develop their leadership skills.  

Every HR by IRIS: staff development made simple 

IRIS Education understands HR and staff development. That’s why we’re an officially recognised Great Place to Work®.  

Our cloud-based HR software, Every HR, streamlines Human Resources activities and teacher recruitment for schools and trusts and supports your recruitment, development and retention of school staff.

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