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Drastic Shortage of Teachers

Discussion in 'Education news' started by RedQuilt, Nov 19, 2015.

  1. RedQuilt

    RedQuilt Star commenter


    If you scroll down to the 3rd or 4th item you will find a video of a news item run twice today on BBC South Today. The item focuses on an Academy in Portsmouth that claims that it can't fill vacancies. An interesting solution to get a new maths teacher is to retrain a PE teacher to do it.
    Worth a watch and there is the opportunity to leave a comment on the FB page if you wish ;)
  2. JessicaRabbit1

    JessicaRabbit1 Senior commenter

    BBC Look East have run a report on this evening's news which sounds similar.
  3. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Ah the crisis caused by 5 years of failed policies... of PRP, capability, Teach First, Academisation... the perfect storm has come along.

    Two solutions present themselves....

    1. Retreat from a disastrous string of policies and try to improve conditions in schools.
    2. Embrace pigheaded stubbornness and recruit from abroad.

    Which option will the 'special' idiots in charge of education take?
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  4. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    They'll go for 2 and teachers will be lumped in with that lot who think that professional toilet cleaning is below them.
  5. RedQuilt

    RedQuilt Star commenter

    This report didn't mention recruiting from abroad, perhaps they haven't thought of that. They did say that they had clubbed together with other schools in the area to produce high-quality marketing material that had been delivered to every household in the Portsmouth area. The HT said that the purpose of this was to attract people with degrees that might not have thought about teaching before.
    It really IS getting desperate, isn't it.

    Oh, and the NUT rep didn't say anything useful when he was interviewed.
  6. JessicaRabbit1

    JessicaRabbit1 Senior commenter

    The government person they interviewed kept banging on about recruitment and everything they were doing to address it. I kept shouting at the TV about retention. Even Mr JessicaRabbit was shouting.
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  7. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

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  8. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

    Don't worry. My MP says that the nice Nicky Morgan really understands teachers and their concerns because she instigated that excellent workload survey.:cool::confused:
  9. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    yes, it was just the right height to prop up the wonky table in her kitchen!!
  10. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    @RedQuilt I caught that news article today and I wanted to shout at the radio, "It's all about the conditions in school which has forced so many teachers out now."
    As someone said it's retention which is far more of a problem than just recuitment.
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  11. RedQuilt

    RedQuilt Star commenter

    Strangely enough, my MP said the same thing. You'd be forgiven for thinking they were sending out scripted replies ;)
    ilovesooty likes this.
  12. sirspamalotless

    sirspamalotless Occasional commenter

    Nick Gibb said,

    "Today’s figures show that teaching is still a hugely popular profession with over 1,000 more graduates training to teach secondary subjects - including record levels of trainees holding a first class degree. I’m delighted that for the first time the majority of teachers are being trained on school-led routes in the classroom, from day one and learning from the best teachers. This is a testament to the popularity of Teach First and School Direct.”

    That's a laugh. I have to 'mentor' someone going down the school-led route in Computer Science. I resent it greatly. I was told not asked to mentor this person. I haven't been given any extra time off the timetable. It was just yet another admin job dumped on me this year, on top of my horrendous workload, that I am always struggling to keep on top of. The consequences? The student teacher gets very little mentoring from me. Their behaviour management is weak and I haven't got the energy to spend hours sorting it out. Frankly, I'm too exhausted and too busy to do any quality mentoring, I do the absolute minimum to tick boxes and avoid the student as much as possible now. I don't feel guilty. I feel sad that I've been put in this impossible situation.
  13. Yoda-

    Yoda- Lead commenter

    Wonderful Nicky Morgan understands us.

    It's not reciprocated on my part.

    Excellent workload survey. Problem solved then?

    It's so easy being a prospective Tory leader/ Prime minister.

    Pinch me I'm deaming aren't I?


    Even the address link reads as a bad joke.
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  14. Macrinus

    Macrinus Occasional commenter

    Did you expect otherwise?
  15. RedQuilt

    RedQuilt Star commenter

    Not really, no. When the same man was interviewed later in the evening he redeemed himself somewhat by saying that the problem was about retaining our current teachers and addressing the working conditions.
    We should expect more of our unions, much more.
    cissy3 likes this.
  16. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    My MP said similar things when I emailed him... blah blah blah not listening... just read like something copy and pasted off a central database.
  17. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

    Surely not!!! :rolleyes:
  18. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    Mine too.
  19. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter

    Well if they're all sending scripted replies I don't know why I had to wait 12 days for it.
  20. NQT1986

    NQT1986 Occasional commenter

    Interesting-I got the same reply!

    What is the point of MPs-nobody is listening!?

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