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Drop in teacher training recruits revealed

Drop in teacher training recruits revealed

The latest figures show a 7% drop in acceptances on to teacher training courses for this year with head teachers' leaders saying the drop in recruits would deepen the teacher recruitment crisis.

However the Department for Education said there were more teachers than ever before in England's schools. It said it was investing £1.3bn in recruitment over this Parliament, and had devised schemes to ensure new teachers stayed in their jobs in those areas that have a poor record of retaining teachers. Because of the high turnover in the profession, schools in England need to recruit about 30,000 new teachers every year to stand still.

The predominant source of these recruits is from the crop of the teacher trainees. But these new figures show only 26,000 were accepted on to teacher training courses for 2016-2017. And government targets for teacher recruitment in England have been missed for five consecutive years.


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