Only three subjects hit trainee teacher targets as secondary school recruitment crisis grows

Without “substantial changes” to pay and workload conditions, the teacher recruitment crisis is only going to get worse, the government has been warned. It is also “inevitable” that more classes are going to be taught by non-specialist staff.

The warnings have come after the latest initial teacher training (ITT) figures show a series of missed targets at secondary level.

Secondary recruitment targets have not been hit for three years in succession now and the latest figures show that only 82 per cent of teacher places have been filled for the 2015/16 academic year.

It means that there are more than 3,400 fewer secondary trainees entering the profession this year than are needed.

With schools facing the prospect of a compulsory English Baccalaureate, the Department for Education’s figures show that not enough teachers have been recruited in key EBacc subjects including mathematics, languages, science, geography and computing.

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