The TES is reporting that Nicky Morgan has been accused of being “completely complacent and in total denial” about the teacher recruitment crisis.
The education secretary is also “glossing over” worrying teacher supply figures, according to Labour shadow schools minister Kevin Brennan.
Ms Morgan had told MPs that teaching was becoming more attractive to the “brightest and the best” graduates, with 90 per cent of teachers remaining in the profession after the first year.
Earlier this month, schools minister Nick Gibb sparked outrage among the teaching workforce when he denied there was a teacher recruitment crisis, claiming that schools were just facing “challenges” when it came to hiring staff.
But speaking in the Commons yesterday, Mr Brennan told Ms Morgan: “I’m afraid you are completely complacent and in total denial about the teacher recruitment crisis and the teacher training situation. I noticed how you glossed over the secondary figures in your answer and hoped we wouldn’t notice…”
But Ms Morgan rebuffed Mr Brennan’s attack, insisting that Labour was “talking down” the profession and adding that the vacancy rate in schools was less than 1 per cent…
Read the full facts on the teacher recruitment crisis and what it could mean for you in the 17 July edition of TES
Remarkably strong denials of a crisis coming from the government in the face of what seems like growing indications that is it happening – what do you say? Are the fears being over-done?
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