Government falls short of teacher training targets in most secondary school subjects

The Independent is reporting that the government has missed its teacher training targets in most secondary school subjects this year, new government statistics have revealed.

Fewer than half (47 per cent) of the trainees required were recruited in physics and just a quarter of the design and technology trainees required were taken on, the figures show. 

The postgraduate trainee recruitment targets were only met in physical education, English, history and Biology, despite millions of pounds being spent by the government on advertising for teachers.  

Last year, two-thirds of the physics teachers required were recruited – but this year, this has fallen to 47 per cent, the latest figures from the Department for Education (DfE) reveal. 

Other subjects that have fallen short of the targets include computing, art and design, music, maths and religious education – where less than three-quarters of trainees needed were recruited. 

Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said he has “serious concerns” that the government does not have teacher supply under control – especially in light of predictions showing that nearly half a million more pupils will enter secondary schools by 2025.

He said: “We are at a crisis in secondary teacher recruitment. For the sixth year in a row, the DfE has failed to recruit enough secondary teachers overall, based on its own targets. They will say they are training more teachers than ever but the problem is compounded year on year, as each year’s targets do not seek to address pre-existing shortages or previous missed targets.

The government has unveiled a series of initiatives over recent years in an effort to ease the recruitment crisis – including allowing aspiring teachers to fail multiple compulsory numeracy and literacy skills entry tests needed to enter the profession.

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