Targets for the number of new trainee teachers in England have been missed for the third year running, prompting concerns of an intensified recruitment crisis in schools. Many are turning away from the teaching profession which has caused fresh concerns about recruitment in the schools sector.
Due to the high numbers of teachers needed in England’s schools, between 35,000 and 40,000 newly trained teachers are needed every year; This is equivalent to half of the UK’s standing army or roughly the whole of the Royal Navy!
Following this, the Schools in England struggling to recruit teachers are spending £1.3bn per year on supply staff, an increase of more than a quarter over two years. Labour says the government needs to “get a grip” on making sure schools have enough teachers, and this reflects the lack of employment in the sector.