Question: What percentage of head teachers are struggling to recruit staff?
Answer: 90% – This figure is from 900 head teachers surveyed by the Association of School and College Leaders.
Recently, the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), conducted a survey on 900 head teachers and found that 90% of them struggle to recruit members of staff. They also found that, schools share staff members as a “stop-gap solution” in order to fill vacancies.
The government has said that £1.3bn will be invested up to the year 2020 to attract new teachers. But three-quarters of the people who took the survey, say it is harder to recruit staff now than it was 12 months ago.
- 90% said the situation created extra work and stress for staff
- 70% said they are using more support staff
- 41% said they had arranged more lessons to be taught by themselves and their deputies
The biggest areas of subject that are short staffed are maths, science and English according to those who took the survey.
ASCL general secretary Malcom Trobe said “Teacher shortages leave schools with no option other than to use stop-gap solutions. Schools have to put teachers in front of classes, if they cannot recruit the staff they need, this means using supply staff or non-specialists to cover.”
He then urged the government to do more to make teaching more attractive as a profession.
A Department of Education spokesman said “The government is investing hundreds of millions in teacher recruitment, offering generous bursaries and scholarships in Stem (Science technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. Plus, backing schemes like Teach First and the National Teaching Service to get great teachers where they’re most needed.”
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In my opinion the government should be doing more in order to get more people interested and involved in teaching. I haven’t long been out of school myself and substitute teachers were brought in at times to cover for absent staff. Not always, but often enough to notice. Some teachers were away for long periods of time and sometimes we had different substitute teachers every few weeks.
Should the government be doing more to help or is it down to the schools to find a solution to staff shortages?