Nine out of 10 heads are struggling to recruit teachers, research shows
Nearly three-quarters of school leaders say the recruitment situation is worse now than it was a year ago
Nine in 10 secondary schools are struggling to recruit teachers, according to new research that lays bare the extent of the teacher recruitment crisis.
A survey of nearly 900 school leaders by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) found that 89 per cent said they were “experiencing difficulties” in recruiting teachers.
And 73 per cent said the recruitment situation was now worse or much worse than it was a year ago.
Heads told the ASCL that shortages had forced them to use non-specialist teachers, merge classes and make greater use of supply agency staff.
Last week Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw warned that teacher supply was “reaching situation critical”. Sir Michael said new teachers should be given golden-handcuffs deals to prevent them from leaving the country for international schools as soon as they qualified.
One headteacher, responding to the survey, said: “The only way we’ve been able to provide a teacher for every maths class is to ask teachers of other subjects to step into the breach.
“This is hardly ideal – I have a non-specialist teaching one of the Year 11 maths sets, for example – but there simply aren’t the teachers out there to be able to fill the gaps.
“Naturally, we’re very concerned about the impact on our maths results this year.”
Over 35,000 women in Australia benefit from the Springboard development programme
The UK-based training company, The Springboard Consultancy, has revealed that over 35,000 women in Australia have now experienced its ‘Springboard’ development programme.
The Springboard programme, delivered over three months, enables women to identify the clear, practical and realistic steps that they want to take to make a better world for themselves at work and home, while building the practical skills and confidence to take these steps. It is delivered – currently in 44 countries – through an extensive network of licensed local trainers and, so far, has been used by over 240,000 women.
One of Australia’s Springboard trainers – licensed by The Springboard Consultancy (SBC) – is Lisa Baker. Based in Melbourne, Victoria, Lisa – an executive coach, consultant and the Founder/Director of Kaleidoscope Consulting – commented, “Springboard themes and messages can have a long-lasting impact on women’s lives and their choices.”
Lisa illustrated her comment with the story of Kellie, one of women she trained on the Springboard programme a few years ago. Kellie recently contacted Lisa to give her an update on her activities.
Kellie said that, in the previous eight months or so, she had become engaged but then separated from her fiancé. Kellie said, “Things didn’t seem to improve, so I made the decision to walk away – to give us both the best opportunity at real happiness.”
Never mind the pious mantras about diversity in universities, what about a strategy?
Current policies in higher and further education favour a parasitical elite. It is difficult to imagine worse priorities
Three groups of students have been the biggest losers from the changes made by the last coalition and, especially, the current government. The first are part-time students. No polices in living memory have been moredamaging to them than the tripling of full-time fees. Even the most wet behind the ears thinktanker could have anticipated the inevitable upward pressure on part-time fees this increase would produce.
The concession that some part-time students are now eligible for loans is a sticking plaster. Most won’t be, and will have to pay upfront. The slump in demand was as predictable as it has been disastrous. The diversity of higher education has been radically reduced, and individuals’ opportunities choked off.
The second group are middle of the road graduates, who staff the bulk of businesses and many professional and management jobs in the public sector. They will be burdened with decades of debt – in effect, extra mortgages – with unknowable effects on future supply for these key jobs (and the morale and motivation of those filling them). Unlike a few high-flying graduates from “top” universities who find jobs in the corporate stratosphere, mainly in financial services of dubious social value, these graduates won’t enjoy salaries that dwarf their loan repayments. But, unlike the low paid and variably employed, they will still have to pay back their student loans in full.
The shortage of teaching recruits seems to be growing by the day
A new report shows most schools are having to put teachers who are not trained in their subject in front of classes
The evidence about a severe shortage of recruits to teaching seems to be growing by the day.
Firstly it was the National Audit Office warning that the Department for Education had missed its recruitment targets for trainees for four years in succession.
Then we had chief schools inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw warning of the “brain drain” that was seeing growing numbers of newly qualified teachers were taking jobs abroad – many in satellite schools set up by some of the country’s leading independent schools.
Now we have evidence from headteachers that three out of four schools are having to put stop-gap teachers – who are not trained in the subject they are teaching – in front of classes. The Government’s response – that it has put “hundreds of millions” of pounds into teacher training may well be true but is not enough of itself to stem the tide.
How private schools ‘give pupils skills to succeed’ while state sector ‘is obsessed with league tables’
Former private school boss said independent sector nurtured students
He said skills like teamwork and leadership are supported at schools
State schools offer an education which is ‘narrow, dull and repetitive’
High-flying professions are dominated by people who went to public schools because they provide the ‘soft skills’ that many state schools ignore, a leading expert said last night.
Former head of Wellington College Sir Anthony Seldon said independent schools nurture the teamwork, leadership and character traits which are vital for success in the professional world.
He warned that by contrast, state schools focus too much on league tables and deliver an education which is ‘narrow, dull and repetitive’.
He accused the education establishment of being ‘drunk on imbibing exam tonic’ and being too obsessed with international rankings. Sir Anthony, who is now vice-chancellor of the University of Buckingham, delivered his damning verdict in a speech to the Council for Independent Education.
It comes after a report by the Sutton Trust found many areas of public life are still overwhelmingly dominated by people who went to private schools. Around 42 per cent of British Bafta winners went to an independent school, while among the UK’s top judges it was 75 per cent and among top military personnel it was 71 per cent.
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