The top to-do list priority for the DfE

Now that the election is over, teacher education and teacher supply must top the to-do list for the education secretary. James Noble Rogers outlines the priorities for the government

The priority for education secretary Justine Greening as she settles once again into her office should without any doubt be the continued crisis in the recruitment and retention of teachers.

Over the last 18 months there have been thoroughly researched and evidence-based reports from the National Foundation for Education Research (NFER), the National Audit Office (NAO), the Public Accounts Committee, and the Education Select Committee that make it clear that we are not recruiting or retaining enough teachers to meet the needs of pupils in our schools.

Not all of the blame can be laid at the door of government. Pupil numbers are expected to increase in the years ahead, with secondary numbers expected to go up by as much as 20 per cent by 2024 according to the NFER. At the same time the competition for graduates from other employers has been growing.

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