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.
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