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Teacher Recruitment Faces a Crisis, Claims Think-Tank

Magazine article Public Finance

Teacher Recruitment Faces a Crisis, Claims Think-Tank

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Teaching is heading for another recruitment crisis, according to claims from a Right-of-centre think-tank.

Policy Exchange this week said the relatively successful efforts to encourage people into teaching had created a culture of complacency, which could be fuelling future problems.

An analysis conducted for Policy Exchange Education Data Surveys revealed that applications for secondary teacher training are falling again, particularly in key shortage areas. By February this year there had been just 896 applications for maths teaching, compared with 1,125 in 2006.

Researcher Professor John Howson predicted that recruitment targets for maths, science, foreign languages, geography and information technology would be missed.

Sam Freedman, head of Policy Exchange's education unit, said: 'There are a number of possible reasons for this decline, including the impact of higher student debt, concerns about getting after-training and the strength of the graduate labour market. But, most importantly, the supply going forward depends upon the view of teaching as a career among potential entrants to the profession.'

Howson also warned that teaching numbers in the primary sector needed to increase by 18,000 over the next five years to cope with a primary school-age population that is set to rise by 500,000 by 2015. …

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