Can both these positions be true? 'Schools in England face a deepening problem in recruiting enough teachers, head teachers say. The National Association of Head Teachers said 59% of schools advertising for teachers "struggled" to get applicants and a further 20% failed completely to appoint anyone. Russell Hobby, leader of the NAHT, said it was clear evidence of a "crisis". "As well as concern about the number of teachers, our research has shown that schools are struggling to recruit people with the right kind of skills," said Mr Hobby. A Department for Education spokesman said: "The number and quality of teachers in our classrooms is at an all-time high. "We have over 1,000 more graduates training in secondary subjects - and record levels of trainees holding a first-class degree. "The vast majority of teachers stay in their roles for more than five years, and more than half of those who qualified in 1996 were still in the profession 18 years later. "The latest figures also show the number of former teachers coming back to the classroom has continued to rise year after year. "As a result, there are now 13,100 more full-time equivalent teachers than in 2010."' (parts of http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-35040283) .