Government in denial about teacher supply crisis

Commenting on the new analysis by the Labour Party which shows the extent of the crisis in teacher supply, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, said:

“These figures confirm the extensive research carried out by the NASUWT.

“All the evidence points to a crisis in teacher supply. I welcome the Labour Party highlighting this.

"Only the Government appears to be in denial about the scale of the problem, probably because it recognises that the root cause of the crisis is the adverse impact of its policies on the school workforce.

"In 2010 teaching was a top choice of career for graduates, annual job satisfaction surveys conducted by the government since 2003 had shown year on year improvement and great strides forward had been made in recognising and rewarding teachers as highly skilled professionals.

“Since 2010, there have been relentless attacks on teachers. Year on year cuts to teachers’ pay, workload spiralling out of control, deprofessionalisation, demoralisation and denigration.

“Resignations are up, applications to teach are down.

"Children and young people are being short changed by this Government as they cannot receive their entitlement to high quality education when talented teachers are leaving and potential recruits can find jobs in other graduate occupations which recognise and better reward their talents.”