Recruitment crisis: Ofsted's warning to ministers

Ofsted has issued a stark warning that the secondary teacher recruitment crisis is hitting schools in isolated and deprived areas the hardest – with some heads effectively facing “auctions” for the best teachers.

The warning has come as Ofsted published its annual report last week.

In it, the inspectorate confirms that almost nine out of every 10 schools in England are now judged to be good or outstanding.

The report confirms that at the end of August 2016, 90 per cent of England’s 16,772 maintained primary schools were judged to be in the top two categories. This compares to 69 per cent in 2011.

For England’s 3,378 maintained secondary schools, 78 per cent are now judged to be good or outstanding, compared to 66 per cent in 2011.

Overall, it means that almost 18,000 schools across England are good or outstanding – 88 per cent of England’s 20,150 state-maintained primary and secondary schools.

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