05 October 2018 - Teacher Shortage in the UK
Teacher crisis hits London as nearly half quit within five years
Sally Weale (The Guardian, 04/10/2018)
London schools are in the throes of a growing crisis in teacher retention, with figures revealing that more than four out of 10 quit the profession within five years of qualifying.
Schools across England say they are struggling to recruit and retain staff, but the problem is most acute in inner London where just 57% of teachers who qualified in 2012 were still working in the classroom by 2017.
According to new analysis of government figures by Labour MP Matthew Pennycook, of the 35,000 newly qualified teachers (NQTs) who started teaching in the capital since the Conservatives took power in 2010, more than 11,000 have already left.
New government funding for schools and colleges is ‘drop in the ocean’, headteachers say
Eleanor Busby (The Independent, 03/10/2018)
New government funding for a series of initiatives to boost technical education and teacher training opportunities has been criticised by headteachers as being a mere “drop in the ocean”.
Schools and colleges are set to receive £119m in funding for projects spread over several years, the education secretary Damian Hinds has revealed today at the Conservative Party Conference.
But the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) says it will do nothing to address the funding crisis – which saw thousands of headteachers march on Westminster last week.
England's schools face 'severe' teacher shortage
Sean Coughlan (BBC News Education, 30/08/2018)
England's schools are facing a "severe shortage" of teachers, with bigger class sizes and more subjects taught by staff without a relevant degree, says the Education Policy Institute (EPI).
The independent think tank says that as schools prepare to return after the summer break, the problems of teacher recruitment remain unresolved.
The think tank says targeted pay increases could reduce shortages.
The alarming number of newly qualified teachers in Birmingham not making it past the first year
Annie Gouk and James Rodger (Birmingham Live, 04/10/2018)
One in every six newly qualified teachers in the West Midlands doesn't make it past the first year, new figures have revealed.
A report from the Department for Education has shown that in 2017, just 84% of new teachers in our region were still in service just one year after getting their qualification.
It’s one of the worst retention rates in England, coming behind inner London only, which saw 82% of newly qualified teachers still in the job after a year.