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A teacher leading a classroom

Durham University Evidence Centre for Education is delighted to invite you to a one-day event to celebrate the Festival of Social Science. This is a face-to-face event with some members joining us online from outside the UK.  The event is free and open to the public.

  • Saturday 11 November 2023
  • The Marriott, Delta Hotels, Durham Royal County
  • Cromwell Suite

We will briefly present the key findings and implications from our three ESRC projects on the complex determinants of teacher shortages (ES/R007349/1), factors shaping teacher supply from a comparative analysis of international education systems (ES/W003074/1) and investigating the recruitment and retention of ethnic minority teachers (ES/X00208X/1). 

A shortage of teachers is an ongoing concern in many countries. Previous work has often focused on a few factors in isolation (e.g. teachers’ pay and working conditions) with a large proportion of variance unexplained.  The aim of the three interrelated studies is to provide a more complete and holistic answer to the causes of teacher shortages experienced in many countries across the world, and thus more targeted policies.

10:00 - 10:15

Light morning refreshment, tea and coffee

Poster viewing Dunelm Suite

10:15 - 11:15

Welcome speech

Rethinking teacher shortages: an international perspective

Stephen Gorard, Mark Ledger, Rebecca Morris, Beng Huat See

11:15 - 11:30

Morning break

11:30 - 12:30

Diversifying the teacher workforce in England

Nadia Siddiqui, Stephen Gorard, Yiyang Gao, Feyisa Demie, Antonina Tereshchenko, Beng Huat See

12:30 - 1:30 Lunch
1:30 - 2:30 Question Time
2:30 - 3:30

Afternoon tea break


Following the presentations will be a Question Time style discussion led by the audience questions. Registrants for the event will be asked to send questions before the day, but attendees may also submit questions on the day - Submit a question.

Please register to attend the event on this link - Register for this event.