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Job Crisis...

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by NeitherMouseNorSock, Dec 26, 2015.

  1. NeitherMouseNorSock

    NeitherMouseNorSock New commenter


    The number of new teachers for design and technology is also more than a third below what it needs to be and there is a 10% shortfall in the number of IT teachers required.

    Howson said a failure to recruit new teachers for subjects such as design, business studies and IT would have an impact on the country’s economic performance.

    Really? So we need more IT teachers then? Poor journalism.
  2. Twinklefoottoe

    Twinklefoottoe Senior commenter

    Apart from lazy journalism (they clearly mean CS not ICT), I'd say from experience that a 10% shortfall may generally be true but is way too low in some parts of the country. In the SE of England, I spent most of the the last three years as HoD with at least one supply teacher and at times two, and much of the time, those supply teachers weren't anywhere near up to scratch as far as CS was concerned, and at best adequate as far as ICT was concerned.

    Personally, I'm very happy at the situation, being semi-retired now. I'm totally confident that the mismanagement of recruitment, the decentralisation of training that gives PGCE students the wrong skills and experiences needed for the classroom, the dreadful, demoralising workload problems, the poor salary that prevents teachers from buying and even renting property and living in certain areas will continue for my lifetime. I fully intend to take advantage of it, starting with the first supply contract at a very reasonable £260 a day from mid January. I realise that I undercharged but will rectify that with the next contract.

    Politicians are such complete @@@@@. Happy days.
  3. tjra

    tjra Occasional commenter

    Are you expected to mark/plan etc for £260 per day (ie: is it long term supply)? I can't understand why a school would pay that much unless it's to do some controlled assessment with GCSE or A-level students who simply would not be able to complete it otherwise.
  4. madcat

    madcat Occasional commenter

    While the shortage of Science and Maths staff may be of concern to HTs.They don't give a stuff about peripheral subjects like D&T, IT,CS etc.

    If they can't find specialist staff they'll just drop the subject or get the Dep Head''s sister in law's cousin's lad who can spell DT to take the classes I've even heard of one school which is using student instructors once again (Sixth Formers 'employed' to teach younger students)

    Anyway Twinky make hay etc.
  5. Twinklefoottoe

    Twinklefoottoe Senior commenter

    Thanx! It's not so easy for schools to drop CS. There is an expectation all pupils in all schools will be given the opportunity to code, problem solve, design solutions etc throughout KS3 and KS4.

    Thoroughly recommend contract supply teaching - teaching without the crud! The daily rate is for teaching the scheme of work, but obviously this will involve planning and preparing, teaching mainly computer science and some ICT lessons including pushing on controlled assessments, marking, recording marks and the odd departmental meeting. It doesn't include performance management, target setting, being responsible for anything, running clubs, attending INSET at anytime unless I want to, parents evenings, open evenings, setting up action plans and tracking and supporting other teachers. I'm happy to do a bit extra if it interests me but we made sure we were all clear what was / wasn't included in the daily rate at the interview. It is from mid January to the Easter hols so only about 10 weeks. After that, I'm on holiday until September! Spain for two months then South America for two months - the tickets are already booked!

    Happy days.
  6. madcat

    madcat Occasional commenter

    Nah I'm sure that any SMT worth their salt could come up a "form of words" which showed that they were complying with the spirit of the NC at KS4 through students work in other subjects , without students having to do CS.

    Anyway, Academies can do *** they like and HMG has stated clearly that they want all schools to have academy status by 2020 * so...

    * WARNING, WARNING some of the images in this video could disturb teachers of a nervous s disposition
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  7. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

    Tend to agree. This won't stop students studying the subject at university. I believe the rush to push CS at the expense of ICT and calling the subject Computing have really engineered a reduction rather than an increase in teaching. A bit of a mess really. Yes there may be short term gains for a few qualified CS teachers, but in the long term I suspect that the subject may gradually disappear. sad really, I was pleased when I first saw a greater emphasis on CS.
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