Teacher shortage and pupil surge creating ‘perfect storm’ in UK schools

Oct 6, 2015 by

Association of School and College Leaders warns of ‘real danger’ children’s education will reach breaking point in next five years

Schools face a “perfect storm” in the next five years, with a growing crisis in teacher recruitment and a surge in pupil numbers threatening to undermine children’s education, head teachers have warned.

Many schools across the country have reported difficulties finding teachers, particularly in core subjects such as maths, English and science, a fringe meeting at the Conservative party conference in Manchester was told.

But the situation looks set to deteriorate sharply as a population bulge, already putting huge pressure on primary schools, particularly in major cities, feeds through to secondary schools where head teachers are experiencing difficulties filling teaching vacancies.

The warning was made by Allan Foulds, president of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) and head teacher of Cheltenham Bournside school in Gloucestershire. “There is a real danger that a system which is already under severe strain will reach breaking point, and that schools will be forced to drop more courses and increase class sizes further,” he said. “This situation puts in jeopardy the huge progress that has been made by schools and undermines the drive to further raise standards.”

Source: Teacher shortage and pupil surge creating ‘perfect storm’ in UK schools | Education | The Guardian

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