Ministers offered maths and physics advice

Government-funded increases to pay and paying off student loans are among suggestions from school leaders for solving the recruitment crisis in physics and mathematics.

Recruitment to initial teacher training programmes have failed to meet targets for four years running in maths and three consecutive years in science.

This has left schools in England facing a shortfall of more than 1,700 prospective new teachers.

It is part of a wider secondary recruitment crisis, with the latest figures showing that only 82 per cent of teacher places have been filled for the 2015/16 year. Only three subjects (history, English and PE) have hit their targets.

Now a survey of 500 school leaders, undertaken by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) has listed 10 suggestions – mainly for ministers – to help tackle the crisis in the priority subjects of physics and maths.

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