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Commons Education Committee report, Recruitment and retention of teachers Graphics from the report: ITT, Working hours, Professional status
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The number of applicants for teacher training in England fell by 6.5% last year compared with the previous 12 months, according to a new analysis from UCAS, although more people were accepted to train.
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Nearly one in six teachers starting in England’s schools last year qualified overseas, according to official figures obtained by the Times Educational Supplement (TES).
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“National teacher recruitment drive gets underway” (DfE) #teachersmake
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Update, 7 September 2015:
‘Crisis? What crisis?’, 10 July 2015
By General Secretary Deborah Lawson
As Ann Mroz comments (TES, 10 July 2015) “Ignoring the recrutiment crisis won’t make it go away“. Mr Gibb has said that “recruitment is a challenge as the economy improves and competition for new graduates intensifies” (BBC News.)
Indeed. The real-term reduction in teachers’ pay is starting to result in problems in attracting graduates into the profession and retaining experienced teachers. The recruitment and retention “challenge” will intensify if teaching salaries fail to keep up with other professions. There is an increasing need for teachers and teaching assistants yet, while student numbers are rising, they are being made redundant because of funding pressures, including higher National Insurance and pension contributions.
Many schools are also struggling to recruit headteachers. There is little incentive to take on a job with increasing responsibility and pressure to perform in a very short timescale but decreasing job security.
At the same time (“Hundreds of ‘good’ primaries could be classed as ‘coasting’”) we face the ridiculous situation of schools being classed as both ‘good’, or even ‘outstanding’, and ‘coasting’. Is it any wonder there’s a crisis when it seems that the Government is more interested in headlines and labels than people and the funding that they need to do the job?
“Reduce teacher and headteacher workload and promote work-life balance for all education staff (from www.voicetheunion.org.uk/manifesto2015).
“The level of teacher workload as identified by DfE consultation and research is excessive. Workload drivers identified include external pressure such as government change to education policy, and Ofsted inspections that promote an unhealthy culture of fear and which lead to internal pressure to ‘gold-plate’ evidence in pursuit of a good judgement, especially at a time of uncertainty and curriculum change. All this leads to long working hours and an inability to achieve a reasonable work-life balance, which is beginning, as the economy picks up, to not only create a recruitment crisis but also one of retention. ”
[Further information: www.voicetheunion.org.uk/workloadchallenge]