Missed targets ‘signal teacher recruitment crisis’

The BBC is reporting that teacher training targets have been missed in England for the third year running, prompting concerns of an intensified teacher recruitment crisis.

This year, 28,148 graduates began initial teacher training courses, 94% of the target figure.

At secondary level, where population increases are set to hit schools next year, just 82% of the target was met.

Ministers said they had redoubled their efforts to attract top graduates, adding that teaching was still popular.

But head teachers and academics say there is no doubt that the existing recruitment crisis is going to get tougher in the next academic year.

Association of School and College Leaders general secretary Brian Lightman said: “We continue to be immensely concerned about the teacher recruitment crisis which is affecting schools all over the country.”

Education recruitment expert and honorary research fellow at Oxford University John Howson said: “There is clearly going to be a crisis for the 2016-17 academic year in some parts of the country…”

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Read or download the figures from the DfE:

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With all the warnings that we’ve heard, I’m sure none of this comes as any surprise.

Any aspects of the data you find particularly interesting?

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  1. Note the figures include Teach First which hasn’t been included in data before.  Note also that Teach First, constantly promoted by politicians as being the elite of teacher training (if not elite teachers) comprised just 6% of postgraduates entering ITT.
    And now Teach First is being offered as the answer to the difficulties experienced in some coastal and rural areas.  Problem solved!
    PS Anyone any idea when the evaluation into Teach First by Durham University will be published?  https://www.dur.ac.uk/education/research/groups/?mode=project&id=572

  2. Strictlymills

    SchoolsImprove I would say government need to target retention as well as recruitment! Too many good teachers are leaving the profession.

  3. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove NickGibbMP says teaching’s still a desirable profession so that’s ok; why let evidence get in the way of political message?

  4. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Local news yesterday saying schools in areas with low funding per pupil already struggling to recruit due to cost of living

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