Schools Minister Jim Knight: "savings"
The Government appears on course to slash staff recruitment advertising costs for schools. It will preview the new online Schools Recruitment Service at the Bett 2009 educational technology show at Olympia, London, in January.
The three partners who will run the service are expected to be announced at the end of January. A shortlist of more that 10 tenders has already been drawn up, and it is thought that the organisation that has dominated school recruitment in recent years, The Times Educational Supplement, is not on that list.
If successful, the service looks set to make major savings for schools. And schools and local authorities appear to be ready for a move away from expensive commercial outfits to a tailored not-for-profit scheme. Hundreds of them have already expressed an interest. Early adopters for the service, which will be free for the first six months, can sign up on its website (address below).