Staffing in Schools: Teacher numbers are rising in the UK and statistics don’t lie. Dig a little deeper though and start to correlate this rise in staff numbers with the overall increase of pupils numbers and it’s easier to appreciate that the supply of teachers is not keeping up with the demand of rising pupil numbers.
A number of important targets are being missed for recruitment and there is a feeling that EU teachers may reduce in supply soon.
Here’s 10 things you need to know about staffing levels in Schools:
- Applications for the right to work in schools in the UK has fallen by a quarter in 2017/18.
- Recruitment targets were missed for all subjects except English, history, biology and PE.
- With the declining European interest, it is thought modern languages will suffer.
- Teacher training numbers also dropped in 2017/18.
- There has been a 9% slump in postgraduates, putting universities at risk and so scaring teachers off.
- There were 15,065 fewer people working in secondary schools in 2017 than in 2014.
- Teachers are still teaching roughly the same numbers of pupils, despite a rise of almost 4,500 between 2014 and 2017.
- Teachers make up 42% of staff losses from secondary schools between 2014 and 2017.
- Non-teaching staff were taking the brunt of these losses.
- More than half of the 10 areas with the largest net loss of primary school staff were in northern regions. The three in the south were all based in London.
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