Education > Schools face teacher drought

Posted on March 29, 2017

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Redwan Aghil reports on the lack of teaching professionals and the effect on education
According to UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) there has been a 7% decrease in applicants accepted onto teacher training courses.

Only approximately 26,000 trainee-teachers have been accepted during 2016-17 in contrast to 27,900 in 2015-16.

The significant drop in teachers has led to schools relying on “supply staff and non-specialists to teach many classes” says Malcolm Trobe, acting general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) which represents teaching professionals.

Trobe wants the government to do more to making teaching a more attractive career option.

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of Association of Teachers and Lecturers, shares this view. She lists the reasons for lack of teachers:

  • excessive workloads driving down retention rates;
  • salaries falling behind those of other graduate professions;
  • funding cuts reducing what schools can provide for children.

The lack of teachers is most evident in subjects such as Maths and Science.

Senior teachers are also needed. It has been estimated by a number of organisations representing the teaching professions that, by 2022, schools across England will be short of 19,000 senior teachers, including head teachers.

What I think
I think the lack of teaching staff is troubling and, as a student, I’ve experienced it first-hand. Students require qualified teachers to learn efficiently and cannot learn under non-specialised staff. Also, I agree that the government should increase the incentives for teaching careers or the amount of teachers in England will continue to plummet.

What do you think? Please comment below.

Redwan Aghil
Redwan’s favourite subjects are History and Physics. He is interested in a career involving astrophysics but he is not 100% sure yet.

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5 Responses to Schools face teacher drought

  1. Azra April 5, 2017 at 10:03 pm #

    Well written and raises some great points!

  2. Fouziya April 7, 2017 at 10:40 am #

    Interesting and well written article, highlights a worrying and really important issue.

  3. Ms zahra April 7, 2017 at 1:58 pm #

    Great article, raises some really important points.

  4. House April 7, 2017 at 7:15 pm #

    Well said redwan. Keep up the good work

  5. Shakira Dyer April 29, 2017 at 10:29 am #

    >26,000 trainee-teachers have been accepted during 2016-17 in contrast to 27,900 in 2015-16.

    This is ‘only’ a drop in 1,900 new teacher trainees a year- *however* you know what that means? It means 1,900 fewer young people are trained in the vocation of teaching.

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