Schools in England have been warned about an up and coming teacher recruitment crisis. Results have showed that there is a severe lack of students being trained in vital academic subject areas. More than 2,000 training places have been left empty this year, and figures showing that the government has missed its recruitment targets in key subjects three years in a row. It has been found that physics and the language sectors are the subjects suffering the most, with research indicating that 33.5% of physics teachers in secondary schools don’t have a relevant degree.
The Department for Education has estimated that by the next decade, there will be an extra 800,000 students entering England’s secondary schools. This yields the question, if England’s schools are struggling now what are they going to do in the coming years? In the past schools have been forced to rely upon supply teachers, increased class sizes or even hiring staff who lack the proper qualifications. Putting unqualified teachers in front of larger class sizes doesn’t seem good enough for our future generations.
Some schools have been looking overseas to try and solve this issue, bringing in teachers from Australia, New Zealand and Canada. In an attempt to try and increase the amount of teachers being trained the Department for Education are offering increased bursaries worth £25,000 tax free to graduates training in priority subjects. Increasing the salaries and having generous bursaries could be persuading for some, but the country needs teachers who want to teach and are not just there for the pay cheque. To do this the candidate learning needs to know that they are doing something really important, engaging with young and bright minds that could potentially shape the future world.
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