Almost three out of four local education authorities in England is experiencing a teacher shortage, a survey showed today, and 18 per cent of those polled said the problem had reached crisis levels.
Maths and modern languages teachers were hardest to find – a fact ministers have attempted to address by introducing £4,000 ‘golden hellos’ for graduates in those subjects who enter training.
Asked what the Government should do to remedy the situation, several councils said society needed to value teachers more highly.
Union leaders said the survey findings proved they were right to say the teacher shortage had become acute.
Nigel de Gruchy, general secretary of the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers said:
‘It certainly reflects our experience and the crucial thing for the Government is the trend. The sooner ministers take really significant action to counteract it, the better.’