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Create a single jobs portal for schools

Last updated: 11:29am 11 January 2019

We will create a single jobs portal, like NHS Jobs, for schools to advertise vacancies in order to reduce costs and help them find the best teachers.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.51

Our verdict

Teachers looking for jobs currently have to scour newspapers and trawl through many websites to make sure they don’t miss a vacancy that suits their needs. If you’re looking for work in the NHS or the civil service, the process is more straightforward: you can visit one website which lists all the available jobs and tells you how to apply.

This policy is a commitment to develop a similar jobs portal for vacancies in schools, an idea first put forward in a White Paper in 2016 .

Under this government, there has been a great deal of movement towards establishing this portal. There was a “discovery” phase, to establish whether there was a need for the service and what similar services existed. Then the process moved to an “alpha” phase, which investigated the requirements in more detail and started looking at design and delivery.

The portal is now being rolled out across England in stages, having passed its beta assessment against the Digital Service Standard. In December 2018, over 2,350 schools had registered for an account.

So the creation of the portal is definitely ‘in progress’, but it will take longer to assess whether it can successfully “reduce costs” and help schools “find the best teachers”. We will mark this as ‘in progress’ and update when the roll-out is complete. Follow this policy for the latest developments.

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