Education experts have condemned the government’s failure to hit targets for recruiting secondary teachers for the seventh year running as schools suffer a staffing crisis. The Independent reports.
Key subjects, including maths and science, were among those worst affected despite a national advertising campaign aimed at attracting greater numbers into the profession.
Overall, a total of 29,580 new postgraduate trainees were recruited this year in England, an increase of just 365 extra teachers at a time when secondary school pupil numbers are set to grow rapidly in the next few years.
Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “The Department for Education has missed its targets for maths, modern foreign languages and physics by a country mile which is alarming as there are serious teacher shortages in all these subjects.”
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