Who Wants To Be A Teacher? Not Enough Graduates, That’s For Sure

Apr 26, 2017 by

Nick Morrison –

A sharp fall in the number of people wanting to be teachers is threatening to leave our classrooms dangerously close to crisis point.

Figures published today show a 7% fall in the number of people accepted onto teacher training courses in the U.K. for this year.

This risks deepening an already severe recruitment crisis and comes on top of warnings by school leaders that they are struggling to recruit enough teachers.

An influential committee of MPs warned last month that the government had failed to come up with a strategy to tackle the shortage of teachers, as figures showed the highest number leaving the classroom for a decade.

Today’s figures show that only 26,000 people were accepted onto teacher training courses for 2016/17, well short of the 30,000 needed just to maintain existing numbers.

This shortfall is particularly worrying given that the number of students is rising rapidly and the demand for teachers

Applications to become teachers were also down, from 47,200 to 46,000, with an acceptance rate of 56.6%, compared with 59.7% in 2015/16.

The government says it is investing £1.3 billion ($1.6 billion) in teacher recruitment and retention, but it is clearly not enough.

And nor is the situation likely to be improved by the looming funding crisis, with schools facing an 8% budget cut in real terms over the next three years.

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