Podcast: In the Staffroom with Reach Academy

In the second “In the Staffroom” podcast, we sit down with Hannah Whittenham who is the Operations Director of Reach Academy, a publicly funded, independently governed outstanding all-through school started by a team of Teach First Ambassadors. Hannah sits on the SLT and oversees all the non-teaching functions of the school. Hannah tells us about the greatest issue the school is facing today, which is recruitment, and the challenges they face in attracting teaching talent. She also delves deeper into some of the innovative ways they increase retention such as a coaching model, where teachers get weekly feedback and have the chance to practice new teaching techniques, Friday staff breakfasts with value awards, additional annual leave during term time and even weekly staff yoga sessions on Thursdays to give teachers some space from the classroom.

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