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More teachers needed

31/08/2012 Joanna
A new report has warned that there is a shortage of people taking up jobs in education.

'The future teacher workforce: quality and quantity study' from Pearson Think Tank, authored by professor John Howson, and published today (August 31st), reveals that subjects facing potential teaching shortfalls include core disciplines such as English, the sciences and mathematics.

"Teacher supply has not been a problem in recent years," commented Professor Howson.

"However, signs are emerging that suggest the position may change in the near future unless the government keeps the situation under vigilant review."

This is particularly relevant regarding a lack of people in primary school teacher roles as this level of education is currently experiencing a surge in pupil numbers, meaning there are an increasing amount of teaching vacancies available.

According to recent forecasts from the Department for Education, by 2020, the amount of maintained nursery and state-funded primary school students will be 18 per cent higher than in 2012.

An eight per cent increase is set to occur over the next three years alone, which will be felt across all regions.

Mr Howson also reports that head teachers are having difficulty recruiting, particularly for teaching jobs in London.

So what can be done to bring more teachers through?

The study makes 13 wide-ranging recommendations including better monitoring, targeted bursaries and more supportive communications from government.

Professor Howson put particular emphasis on the government taking a strong lead on this situation.

"At present, the government is not facing widespread teacher shortages, but politicians that ignore warning signs risk making problems in the future more serious than they might have been," he concluded.

"The government needs to take action to prevent a future crisis occurring."

However, while the situation might be regarded as a headache for the government, for those entering the profession, it is clear that there are plenty of opportunities on offer across the country.

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