Head teachers are struggling to recruit teachers in what has become an increasingly serious problem in schools across the country. Around 20% of UK schools failed to appoint anybody after application deadlines, despite job vacancies being advertised widely.
Since there is a shortage of teachers, pupils are taught by supply teachers who could potentially not meet the standard that an experienced, qualified teacher would live up to. If this issue continues, it’s possible that pupils will not achieve their targets or even desired grades at GCSE, and won’t progress sufficiently in subjects which struggle to recruit teachers.
A shortage of applicants is being experienced across the majority of subjects, particularly in English and Geography. Although recruitment in secondary schools is normally found to be easier, an increase in the number of schools and the expansion of many schools means more teachers are needed.
Mrs Grindley, head of Geography and Careers coordinator said: “I don’t think it’s a crisis but there’s a skill shortage in Geography and the subject isn’t promoted as much as the core subjects like English and Maths. Teaching involves a high workload and there’s a lot of pressure, but it’s certainly very rewarding.”
Another head of department stated that the lack of teachers is due to salary post-degree, and she added that there is more scope for business and commerce. Schools are resorting to using agencies in an attempt to find teachers, however the expense of doing this can be as much as £10,000 for a single appointment.
Written by Ryan – Editor of Education and Politics