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Should teachers in shortage subjects receive a pay boost?

Extra central government funding should be targeted at keeping more maths and physics teachers

By Luke Sibieta  

The teaching profession in England is in trouble. Applications to teacher training this year are down by around 30 per cent compared with this time last year. Exit rates have also been creeping up over time and only 60 per cent of teacher trainees are actually in post five years after starting. Overall teacher numbers are currently holding steady. However, with pupil numbers expected to grow by 4 per cent in primary schools and 20 per cent in secondary schools over the next decade, teacher numbers are going to need to rise if…

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