Government should admit it got it wrong on teacher recruitment

Commenting on the latest National Audit Office Report on teacher recruitment, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in UK, said:

“This report vindicates the findings of the extensive research carried out by the NASUWT.

“Even when it is spending £700m annually on recruiting and training new teachers, the Government cannot meet its recruitment targets. Not even that level of expenditure can compensate for Government policies which have made the profession so uncompetitive and unattractive that they have generated a teacher supply crisis.

“With deep cuts to teachers’ pay year-on-year since 2011, increased pension contributions and excessive workload blighting the working lives, health and well-being of teachers, is it any wonder that applications to join the profession are down and resignations are up.

“It is not only teachers who are suffering as a result of these policies, children and young people are being denied their entitlement to qualified teachers.

“Yet the Government remains in arrogant denial about the crisis it has created. Teachers, parents and pupils deserve better.

“It’s about time ministers faced up to the chaos and crisis they have created, admit they got it wrong and start to value, support and invest in the teaching workforce.”