Teacher recruitment: The subjects struggling to find enough trainee teachers

The teacher recruitment crisis is so stark that even subjects which traditionally attract good numbers of trainees – such as English, geography and biology – will struggle to meet their targets this year.

However, there is a small window of opportunity for the government to respond to deeply concerning shortfalls in teacher recruitment across a large number of secondary school subjects.

The Teacher Labour Market in England Annual Report 2022 (Worth & Faulkner-Ellis, 2022) has been published this week by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER).

It projects a recruitment shortfall in persistent shortage subjects, such as physics, which is estimated to be recruiting at less than 20% of the level required to meet its target.

It reveals that many other subjects will continue to have difficulties recruiting this year, including maths, chemistry, computing, design and technology, and modern foreign languages.

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