Schools face a shortage of up to 5,000 trainee teachers when children return in the autumn because of the failure of radical government reforms, critics claim. This is from the Sunday Times…
Half of the vacancies for teachers to train on the job instead of at university next year have not been filled. Michael Gove, the education secretary, decided to switch almost half of the country’s 25,000 training places into schools and away from “politically correct” universities.
Schools that agreed to train as many as 20 teachers have accepted only a handful. Some say the quality of candidates coming forward is not high enough. Others, it is thought, may have decided they cannot cope with training teachers after all.
In some subjects such as physics, religious education, chemistry, computer science, design and maths, the shortfall is acute. Only 7% of vacancies to train as a physics or RE teacher “on the job” have been filled and only 10% in maths and design. The south and southwest of England are hardest hit.
Professor John Howson, managing director of DataforEducation.info, said: “There is a real risk that some subjects like design and technology will be wiped out of our schools because there will not be enough qualified teachers.
“The government is in danger of sliding back to the chaotic situation in 2000 when schools ran into a serious staff shortage and we had to recruit from all over the world.”
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