‘Alarming’: Government misses teacher training targets for seventh year in a row despite major staff shortages in schools

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.

Just over two in five (43 per cent) of the physics teachers required were recruited, compared to 47 per cent last year, new Department for Education statistics revealed.

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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