Schools in “crisis” due to shortage of teachers
The country’s largest teaching union has warned that our children’s schools are facing a “crisis” after a cap in pay has led to a major shortage of teachers in England and Wales. The NASUWT said that a 1% cap put on teachers’ pay has put newcomers off the profession, meaning that children could face a lack of young teaching minds in the classroom. The union claims that over three quarters of teachers have “seriously considered” finding new careers due to an increase in workload.
Many pupils may soon be taught by teachers who are not specialists in their subject and the General Secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, Mary Bousted, warned that class sizes would have to be increased and courses shut down if more teachers are not recruited. This could limit the opportunities given to school children as they may not be able to study the subjects that they want to and it would become more difficult for teachers to focus on the needs of individual pupils.
In response to the issue, six unions joined together to send a letter to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB), highlighting the problems that schools are having with recruiting and retaining staff, along with the tight budgets which schools also face.