Shortfall in teacher numbers hits 30,000

Feb 4, 2018 by

New figures expose recruitment crisis in secondary and further education – and in subjects government declared a priority

Ministers have failed to meet their own teacher recruitment targets for five years in a row, leading to 10,000 fewer secondary school teachers being hired than intended.

Staffing levels in further education have slumped by 20,000 since 2010, according to figures that have led to further claims of a crisis in the classroom. In secondary schools, shortfalls are most severe in subjects that ministers claim to be prioritising, such as maths, physics and computing.

The new research comes after a damning report last week from the public accounts committee that there had been a failure to persuade teachers to stay in the profession.

However, analysis of the government’s own teacher recruitment targets shows it has consistently failed to reach the necessary numbers – with the biggest shortfall coming last year, when the target was missed by 3,000.

The target for recruiting computing teachers has been missed by more than 1,000 over a five-year period. There has been a shortfall in physics teachers of almost 1,200, while the target for maths teachers has been missed by 1,850 recruits.

Source: Shortfall in teacher numbers hits 30,000 | Education | The Guardian

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