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Teacher training targets missed in all but 4 subjects and primary

Discussion in 'Education news' started by Shedman, Nov 29, 2018.

  1. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter


    Well, it looks as if all secondary subjects apart from Biology, PE, English and History are shortage subjects. This failure to recruit comes on top of the difficulty schools are having recruiting teachers anyway. Nick Glib in his inimitable manner reports:

    Nick Gibb, school standards minister, said: “The fact that more than 34,500 new trainee teachers started teacher training courses this year – over 2,600 more than in 2017 – despite a competitive labour market shows that teaching continues to be an attractive career for able graduates.

    Wrong! More teachers may have started teacher training this year but this is far below the number needed to cope with increasing school rolls. You know this Nick but you're just trying to put the best spin on the figures you can. If you're not careful you'll get yet another letter from the UK Statistics Authority about misrepresentation of teacher recruitment data. https://schoolsweek.co.uk/the-dfes-repeated-misuse-of-statistics-is-embarrassing/

    A couple of points here; firstly teachers training in the 4 subjects with above target recruitment are likely to be timetabled to teach the shortage subjects for part or perhaps all of the week, anything from MFL to DT, once they qualify.

    Secondly, there has been a collapse in recruitment to DT. I taught this subject before blessed retirement and the new single title GCSE Technology specification was such a dog's dinner of bits and pieces from the original specialities, I felt completely out of my depth so called it a day. I'm sure this wretched course is deterring recruits.

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  2. Kartoshka

    Kartoshka Established commenter

    Teaching may seem attractive, but once the graduates start training, they're rapidly put off ;)
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  3. Clive_Candy

    Clive_Candy Occasional commenter

    I wonder if they're hitting the train driver training targets.

    A friend's son is doing 4 day weeks and earning £50k apparently - and that's before overtime.

    Meantime teachers are paying to study for a degree, paying again for their training and can then look forward to <£40k if they stay in long enough to make it to the top of the scale.

    Should anyone be surprised there's a problem with teacher recruitment?
  4. SomethingWicked

    SomethingWicked Occasional commenter

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    In case anyone wanted to see the absolute numbers rather than just percentages. The recruitment for D&T (the worst affected subject) was just 295 out of 1,167! Shocking!

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  5. schoolsout4summer

    schoolsout4summer Star commenter

    Mental! Education is usually not valued at all in England by many/most working class* people and their offspring.
    (Working Class = those who work for wages).
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  6. Skeoch

    Skeoch Star commenter

    It's a tough market for potential employers. Unemployment is low, proportion of the population in employment at a record high (yes, some is gig economy / zero hours, but still the employment situation is unusual). Teaching recruitment always struggles when employment is high.
    Now how can the DfE realistically change things?
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