There are unfilled training places for 14 of 17 secondary school subjectsby Angela Rayner / January 18, 2017 / Leave a comment
Teachers are crucial to how our children do at school. They can inspire, stimulate, encourage and, when necessary, provide the discipline children need to focus on their school and homework. But schools are facing a crisis in teacher training, recruitment and retention. Children are losing out because we simply don’t have enough teachers.
The government has now missed its own teacher recruitment targets five years in a row, and its initial teacher training figures for the 2016/17 academic year show a worrying fall in the number of new recruits. Only 93 per cent of places were filled, and only 89 per cent of places for secondary schools. Nearly 2,000 places went unfilled—which will leave tens of thousands of children without the proper, quality education they need.
The initial figures also show there were unfilled training places for 14 of 17 secondary school subjects. These included Maths, Physics, Design and Technology, Computing and Business Studies, which all missed their targets by at least 15 per cent. In stark contrast, in 2010/11 there were unfilled training places in just two subjects.
If Britain is to be a serious global competitor post-Brexit, and if we are going to plug our own domestic skills shortages, these are the very subjects where qualified teachers will be most needed. Yet these are the very areas where the government is most clearly failing.
The problem is even worse than these facts suggest. About 6,000 of those training to be a teacher started their course after achieving a 2:2 or lower in their degree subject. Less than half of new trainee teachers are studying for their teaching qualifications in universit…