The aims of CESET are to promote teaching in South East England by working innovatively and collaboratively to:

  • improve the recruitment of trainee teachers to the region, especially in shortage subjects 
  • improve the retention of trainee teachers and qualified teachers in the region
  •  improve the efficiency and effectiveness of initial teacher training in the region ensuring its long-term viability and sustainability 
  • improve the supply of teachers to, and retention of teachers in, the regional schools serving pupils and communities disadvantaged by social deprivation 
  • improve teaching, learning and outcomes for all pupils in the region by ensuring the supply and retention of outstanding, effectively trained and highly motivated staff  


In the first start-up phase, work focused on establishing a new partnership and identifying and mapping existing work at a local, regional and national level. Work has also been done to scope out the shape of future work to support and enhance mentoring and to support new teachers in developing their knowledge, skills and understanding of inclusion and of SEND. A project director has been recruited and working groups have begun key work and set up data sharing. 

Key elements of CESET’s project working for the next phase include:  

  1. Identifying need and targeting supply via focused market research and through enhanced access to data from all partners. We aim to target potential applicants more powerfully, to simplify the processes involved, and to improve supply, opening up new opportunities in response to demand.
  2. Hosting a shared web presence to act as a landing site for potential applicants and employees and their potential trainers and employers. This portal will act as a landing site from national campaigns and interest, signposted from the Get Into Teaching NCTL site, and from our regional campaign. It will enable simple comparison of routes via agreed categories of information including location of training and partner schools. It will then signpost applicants to individual provider or lead school publicity for more detailed information. As the portal develops into Years 1, 2 and 3, it will become a focus for recruitment to teacher vacancy in target schools and for resources to support the development of new teachers.
  3. Promoting teaching as a mission to tackle local and regional social challenge. Providers will still run their own individual campaigns and recruitment activity, but as part of a co-ordinated strategy which will promote a career in teaching in the south-east region. 
  4. Pooling expertise in training and mentoring to support the engagement of schools. The role of the mentor is critical in retaining and developing trainee teachers. The collaboration will specifically aim to agree principles and approaches for the effective support of trainees, including consideration of workload. We will also draw on and signpost mentors in particular subjects to our network of subject support across the partnership.
  5. Shared approaches to teacher development in SEND to improve retention during training. The collaboration will specifically aim to enhance the training of mentors and the materials available to trainee teachers to enhance their knowledge and expertise in teaching the full range of pupils in their schools.
  6. Ensuring local and regional coverage for teacher training to avoid ‘cold spots’. By collaborating and sharing information more openly with trainees, each other as partners and with partner schools, we will increase our knowledge of the coverage of training in the region’s schools and be better able to plan for the avoidance of cold spots