The TES is reporting a new survey that suggests young teachers are being priced out of London by its high housing costs.
The National Union of Teachers, which carried out the survey, said living in the capital is no longer a sustainable, long-term option for teachers.
The union is urging the victor in May’s mayoral election to address the problem and avoid a teacher shortage “crisis” that will hit every school and college in London.
Christine Blower, NUT general secretary, said: “It cannot be rational to allow new teachers to be squeezed out of London, while at the same time, the city needs 100,000 extra school places before 2020.”
She added: “The next mayor and London Assembly must urgently tackle housing costs, support the building of new schools, and not only value teachers but fight their corner.”
Three fifths of the 1,200 young, London-based teachers surveyed said they could not see themselves still teaching in the city in five years’ time.
Most of them pointed to the cost of living as the reason they planned to leave…
London attracts a lot of young people from all walks of life, and I’m sure that is true in teaching just the same as professions, but the difficulties are going to come once they get a bit older and want to settle down.
If you are involved in a London school, what impact on recruitment and retention are you seeing because of high housing costs?
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