https://www.tes.com/news/teacher-trainers-asked-take-rejects A schools minister has told teacher training providers to help ensure that candidates that they reject for their courses are not lost to the profession. Nick Gibb has written to initial teacher training (ITT) providers to encourage rejected candidates to call the Get Into Teaching line to get help finding an alternative course. The school standards minister has also revealed that seven new centres are being opened to allow teaching candidates to sit the skills test more quickly. OK, I could post my usual picture of Dad's Army's Corporal Jones with the caption 'Don't Panic' but this latest wheeze really is showing signs of desperation by the DFE and government ministers to boost teacher numbers. There is no shortage of able, qualified, talented teachers. The problem is that hundreds of thousands of them choose not to teach in state schools. Nick, you know that this latest initiative is never going to fill the gap left by those excellent teachers lost to the profession by the current exasperating school system and the lack of money in schools to pay them properly as they become more experienced. Start addressing the causes of the problem rather than adopting these pathetic, sticking plaster quick fixes.