HR and Staff Wellbeing

The Teaching Crisis

For all the DfE claims made about academisation freeing up education, the fact is that the professional discretion and judgement of teachers has been curtailed so much that it is destroying the ability of teachers to make creative responses to the needs of their students. Fiona Carnie makes a radical plea for change.
Student with hand up as teacher and students look at her

Pressure in the system

The growing crisis in the teaching profession in England is well-documented. A report from the House of Commons Education Committee (2017), published earlier this year, acknowledged the shortage of teachers in a number of subjects and geographical areas, the difficulty in recruiting new teachers and the problems caused by the continuing exodus both of younger teachers as well as older teachers taking early retirement. Around 30 per cent of new teachers leave the profession within five years of qualifying. The government is consistently failing to meet its recruitment and retention targets and this is putting increasing pressure on schools.

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