Teacher shortages report is “stark warning” for government “in denial”

Date: 10.02.16
’Training New Teachers’ from the National Audit Office is a “stark warning” for a government “in denial” about teacher shortages in England.

 


10 February 2016 

Teacher shortages report is “stark warning” for government “in denial”

The report Training New Teachers(10 February 2015) from the National Audit Office is a “stark warning” for a government “in denial” about teacher shortages in England, according to teachers’ and headteachers’ union Voice: the union for education professionals

General Secretary Deborah Lawson said:

“This report is a stark warning, confirming that there is a serious national crisis in both teacher recruitment and retention. 

“The Department for Education seems to be in denial, blaming anything but its own policies, like a child pointing the finger of blame at others to cover up its own poor behaviour. 

“The DfE must accept the evidence presented to it instead of putting its fingers in its ears. 

“The erosion of teachers’ pay is causing real problems in attracting graduates into the profession and in retaining experienced teachers. The recruitment and retention crisis will intensify if teaching salaries fail to keep up with other professions. 

“Teaching is a great profession. However, government-imposed workload and targets, and poor career and salary prospects are serious problems that must be addressed because they are impacting on recruitment and retention.”


Further information

NAO: Training New Teachers

Voice’s written evidence to the Commons Education Committee’s Inquiry ‘Supply of Teachers’

Voice blog post with further evidence and examples

Workload challenge

"The Government is in denial over teacher recruitment and retention": Huffington Post blogs, 10 February 2016


Contacts:

Voice Press Office
Email: pressoffice@voicetheunion.org.uk

General Secretary Deborah Lawson
Email: deborahlawson@voicetheunion.org.uk

Director of Member Services Deborah Simpson
Email: deborahsimpson@voicetheunion.org.uk

Tel: 01332 372337