Fiona Mactaggart led a delegation of head teachers from Slough schools to press the Minister of State for Education to help schools in Slough to recruit and train the teachers we need to give every child the best chance of learning. While the minister resisted requests to give Slough schools the same resources as similar schools just a short distance away who pay London weighting. He did agree to consider ways to help Slough schools to train teachers in subjects where there is a local shortage of qualified teachers and to discuss with the home office removing some of the barriers to recruiting teachers from places like Canada. The delegation presented a number of practical ideas to help them recruit and retain well trained teachers.
Fiona said "We have great schools in Slough they work well together but good learning depends on great teachers, at the moment with rocketing house prices and competition from London boroughs who pay more, schools are struggling. The minister spent time listening to the challenges faced by Slough schools I look forward to his response which I hope will help our schools tackle this difficult problem.”