Teacher shortage blackspots revealed


Schools in particular regions in England are unable to fill positions and are particularly struggling to hire new staff in core subjects such as maths, English and physics according to a new TES Global study.

The research includes a leadership survey where over 45% reported having unfilled positions and the lengths that they are having to go to in order to recruit teachers, including looking overseas. 
Vic Goddard, Principal at Passmores Academy in Harlow, Essex, said: “This is a challenge all over the country. Our proximity to London means that we are having to work incredibly hard to recruit teachers for shortage subjects, normally with very little success. 
"I am having to think very creatively about how to attract good quality teaching talent for subjects like maths, whether that’s looking overseas or even looking at how we can give teachers somewhere to live to get them to join us.”
The TES findings include:
  • Schools in London, the South East and West Midlands are facing the biggest challenges compared to just three years ago.
  • Inner London, Yorkshire & Humber and North West England have experienced the most rapid falls in recruitment rates since 2012.
  • Physics is the hardest subject to recruit for currently, according to the research. Others which are proving difficult include mathematics, English and Information Technology. 
  • The impact on schools is an increase in failed recruitment processes and less candidates to choose from:
  • Schools recruiting for physics teachers in London currently receive just 2 applications on average compared to 8 in 2012. 
  • Schools recruiting for maths teachers in the East of England now receive just 3 applications on average compared to 7 in 2012. 
  • Elsewhere, the picture is more positive for the North East, North West and South West, which are experiencing broadly at the same success with recruitment today as they were in 2012. 
  • Schools recruiting for teachers in the classics, performing arts and physical education have plenty of candidates to choose from while recruitment for Special Needs education is another bright spot. 
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