Recruitment crisis hitting standards, school leaders warn

A vast majority of school leaders have said that the teacher recruitment crisis is having a detrimental impact on the quality of education they are able to provide to students.

Yet more evidence of the teacher recruitment crisis has emerged after the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) carried out a survey of its members.

Of the responses from 900 school and college leaders – most from academy and maintained secondary schools – 84 per cent said that the teacher shortages are having a detrimental impact on the education they are able to provide.

Nine in 10 respondents said they are experiencing difficulties in recruiting teachers and nearly three quarters said the situation was worse than a year ago.

The subjects with the most recruitment difficulties were maths, science and English. Many also had problems with the English Baccalaureate subjects of languages, geography and history. The study, released ahead of ASCL’s annual conference in Birmingham this weekend, found that school leaders are having to use more supply agency staff (70 per cent) or ask teachers to take subjects in which they are not specialists (73 per cent).

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