Schools’ spending on teacher training drops for first time in decade amid budget pressures

Independent is reporting that schools’ spending on teacher training has dropped for the first time this decade despite a retention and recruitment crisis in the profession, research finds.

The analysis, carried out for education charity Teacher Development Trust, found that teacher training budgets have reduced by 12 per cent in secondary schools and 7 per cent in primary schools.

It also reveals that investment in continuing professional development (CPD) varies greatly across England.

John Collier, director of teaching and learning for St. Bart’s Academy Trust in Stoke-on-Trent, has cut back on stationery and books to fund teacher development. He warned: “If funding continues to get tighter, we’ll struggle to fund professional development at the current levels.”

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said the figures came amid the “worst recruitment and retention crisis” that school leaders have ever known.

Mr Barton warned: “It will be students who lose out as they won’t be getting the same quality of teaching in the long term. And we are likely to see teacher burnout figures getting worse.”

This week the National Education Union (NEU) accused the government of breaking a promise over school funding after nearly 5,000 schools saw their budgets fall.

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