Teacher Shortage Getting Worse Says MPs


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A Commons Education Select Committee report has confirmed that the UK government has missed their recruitment targets for the fifth year in a row.


The report, which was published this morning, also states there is currently a struggle to fill teaching vacancies in certain subjects including Maths, Physics and computer sciences.


However the document not only recognises the problem with recruitment but also highlights the issue of teacher retention with many leaving the profession due to substantial workloads.


The report states: “A key driver for teachers considering leaving the profession is unmanageable workload. The Government and Ofsted must do more to encourage good practice in schools and recognise that changes to the school system and accountability play an important part in increasing workload.”


Chris Keates, the general secretary from the teachers union NASUWT said: “This report should act as a wake-up call to ministers that falling back on sticking plaster solutions such as the failed National Teaching Service will do nothing to address the systemic causes of the teacher supply crisis.

“The committee is clear that we have a serious national teacher recruitment and retention issue which is affecting all subjects and all localities.”

Yesterday Education Secretary, Justine Greening, gave a speech at the Chartered College of Teaching’s inaugural conference. Addressing an audience of over 450 teachers, the Education Secretary outlined plans to strengthen the teaching profession as well as emphasising how significant teachers are.


“Teachers are the great drivers of social mobility in our country. We know that the single biggest in-school influence on a child’s life chances is the quality of teaching they receive.


“It is important that all teachers are supported with the right framework that will allow them to become the best professionals they possibly can be. “

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