Struggling Schools Are Recruiting One in Five Teachers from Abroad

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Struggling Schools Are Recruiting One in Five Teachers from Abroad


Byline: LAURA CLARK

NEARLY one in five new teachers is being recruited from overseas, it was revealed yesterday.

The number of foreign staff has more than tripled in four years as schools try to solve the recruitment crisis.

The trend has led to accusations that Britain is 'poaching' bright young teachers from developing countries which face dire staff shortages of their own.

Ministers bowed to pressure last night by signing up to a new code of practice designed to curb organised recruitment campaigns in poor Commonwealth countries.

Figures released by the Department for Education showed work permits were issued to 5,564 teachers from the Commonwealth alone last year.

A further 1,000 were believed to have come from the U.S. and non-European Union countries in Eastern Europe.

The biggest group came from South Africa, which exported 1,492 teachers.

Some 523 came from Jamaica and 174 from India.

Nearly 20 per cent of 35,000 recruits last year came from countries outside the European Union.

This marks a sharp rise since 2000, when 2,000 non-EU teachers arrived here.

Experts warned that the growing reliance on overseas staff in the Health Service was being mirrored in education.

Jamaica has complained that 5 per cent of its teaching force was lost to Britain in less than three years. It has since had to turn to India for science and maths teachers.

At the same time, heads in Britain have raised concerns that standards could fall if teachers are unfamiliar with our curriculum. …

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