The teacher transfer window can be an anxious time for school leaders and their fellow teachers alike. Last-minute departures can leave your school short staffed without time to rehire.

To add to this, recruitment in education remains a tough landscape to navigate. Recent research carried out by Hays suggests that 71% of school employers are struggling to fill permanent vacancies.

The issues caused by the cyclical nature of teacher recruitment are clear to see, but with no signs of changes to the system on the horizon, schools need to find a way to make transfer windows work for them.

In this blog, we examine how schools can tailor their recruitment campaigns to make the most of the transfer window to attract talented candidates or secure that all important role.

Timing is Everything

Due to the strict transfer windows, hiring teachers is unlike recruitment in most other sectors. Traditionally, job seekers will search for a new position on a regular basis and only stop once they have been successful.

For teachers, these specific transfer periods mean that their search for a new job is far more concentrated and subsequently more predictable. Equipped with this helpful knowledge, your school should be maximising its exposure and focusing its advertising around these predetermined times. Are they in your school calendar?

The first step your school should take is to check all your open positions are listed on your preferred job sites, in the lead up to the transfer window opening.

Additionally, if your school has a presence on LinkedIn — a crucial tool for teacher recruitment — posts advertising your vacancies and featuring links to online application should be scheduled regularly in the lead up to and throughout the transfer window to maximise your reach.

Use Multiple Platforms

During transfer windows, every school is competing to attract the best candidates for their vacancies. The content of your advertisements and the quality of your offering are important factors in winning the battle, but what good is a really attractive proposition if no one sees it?

Exposure and reach are key to the success of any advertising activity, and your campaign to recruit the best school staff is no different. Putting your advertisements in front of as many interested eyes as possible means spreading posts and messaging across multiple channels and platforms.

From all forms of social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, to job sites, including generic platforms and those designed specifically for teachers, you should be spreading the word of your vacancies via every relevant channel. To learn more, read about the marketing strategies for schools we put together recently.

Maintain Year-Round Communication

Although transfer windows provide a key opportunity to increase your messaging and communications, that doesn’t mean you should forget about advertising vacancies in between windows.

Maintaining regular communication and continuing exposure while the transfer window is shut is a great way to remain relevant and at the forefront of teachers’ minds.

During this time, when teachers are not necessarily searching for opportunities and being bombarded with options, just one of your adverts can be enough to catch their attention and make your school the first they think about when the transfer window reopens.

Capitalise on Out-of-Window Interest

While you may not have everything in place to accept applications outside of transfer windows, or simply aren’t sure which positions will become available, it is crucial that you capitalise on any interest shown in your school by prospective staff.

How do you do this? Capture their information in a contact form, store their details, and communicate with them when your vacancies are listed.

The most effective method of capturing information is to host a careers-related contact form on your website. Then signpost prospective staff directly to the form, request that they fill it out, and contact them when a job becomes available.

This gives you a direct line of communication with staff who are actively pursuing a job at your school — the best type of lead. With the right communications, you can convert these interested educators into your next team of full-time teachers.

A Recruitment Campaign That Works

With a campaign that acknowledges the limitations of recruitment in the education sector and uses the restrictions to its advantage, you can put your school in pole position for the best candidates and secure the most talented teaching staff.

At Eduprise, we specialise in producing focussed marketing campaigns that take advantage of the intricacies of the school calendar. Learn more about how we’re helping schools and trusts recruit the best candidates.

If you would like some help in putting together your school’s next recruitment campaign, our team would love to help. Get in touch with us now to find out more.