‘There are just not enough teachers’: sciences struggle to recruit

Sep 15, 2015 by

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The government says sciences are a high priority in schools. But the lack of applicants for teaching jobs in these subjects is alarming headteachers

Newly qualified teacher Emma Field was delighted to land a job teaching science at a secondary school in Frome, Somerset. Her career seemed assured. Yet just two-and-a-half years later, Field is about to retrain as a paramedic. “I didn’t have time to do the job properly,” she says of teaching. “If you want to teach and assess pupils through independent learning and individual feedback, teachers can’t be expected to teach 10 classes.”

Field’s experience is far from unusual. According to research published by National Science Learning Network (NSLN), which provides subject-related professional development for teachers, of more than 1,200 science teachers surveyed, 61% had considered quitting. Many said that although they loved teaching, there was too much paperwork and unrealistic expectations were placed on them.

“The amount of paperwork to get the pupils through their GCSE was overwhelming and monotonous,” says Ben Ebrahim, who completed his PGCE in chemistry in 2010 but now works in sales and marketing administration.

Source: ‘There are just not enough teachers’: sciences struggle to recruit | Education | The Guardian

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