The TES is reporting on Sir Michael Wilshaw’s final annual Ofsted report where he has told ministers to focus on teacher recruitment.
The government needs to worry less about school structures and more about ensuring that schools are properly staffed, Ofsted’s chief inspector said today.
In particular, Sir Michael Wilshaw drew attention to the worsening recruitment problems at secondary school level, resulting in a less-qualified workforce.
In his final annual report as chief inspector, published today, Sir Michael said: “My advice to the government now is to worry less about structures and to worry more about capacity. No structure will be effective if the leadership is poor or there are not enough good people in the classroom.”
The report highlights the fact that secondary schools are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit staff. This year, only 82 per cent of secondary training places were filled, compared with 94 per cent of primary places.
The report also highlights that inequalities in staffing are most pronounced in areas with selective schooling. Grammar schools tend to have stable staffrooms, with large numbers of very experienced teachers, while secondary moderns struggle to recruit teachers, it says.
Read more on the annual report here. Let us know your thoughts on Sir Michael Wilshaw’s last annual Ofsted report in the comments below or via Twitter.
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