Schools are struggling to recruit teachers, survey finds

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A recent survey, published by the National Association of Head Teachers, has discovered that approximately 64 per cent of schools leaders are findings recruitment for teachers difficult, especially in core subjects such as English and maths.

The survey also uncovered that around 1 in 3 school leaders felt that newly qualified teachers (NQTs), working at their school, were not prepared for the classroom, with reports of NQTs finding controlling classes hard, as well as not being knowledgeable enough in some subjects.

The findings come at a time of increasing concern about the crisis in hiring and retaining school staff.

Of the 1,000 members of the National Association of Head Teachers surveyed, 61.8 per cent claimed that they had faced difficulty finding senior teachers, on the upper pay scale.

40.5 per cent claimed that a lack of talent was the main factor in struggling to recruit teachers, whilst 41.4 per cent said that the main reason was the low quality candidates applying for their positions.

When looking at which subjects are hard to recruit for, the survey found that 40 per cent of the head teachers in the survey were finding it hard to recruit maths teachers, whilst 32 per cent were finding recruiting for English teachers hard.

The survey also discovered that around 33 per cent considered the NQTs at their school to be unprepared for working at a school. Of the 33 per cent who said this, 73 per cent said that this was due to them not being able to manage a classroom.

Also, 58 per cent said that it was because the NQTs lacked subject knowledge and 56 per cent said that it was because they did not understand teaching, learning and child development enough.

53 per cent said that the NQTs were not able to analyse and use data and 50 per cent said that they were not good enough at lesson planning.

Louis Coiffait of the National Association of Head Teachers said of the survey findings:

“It’s time to be frank; we’re facing a recruitment crisis at all stages of the education system. Until we address it at each of those stages, there’s no chance that we’ll have the quantity or quality of head teachers we need in the future.”

The findings were released just a fortnight after a teaching union warned that 2 in 5 teachers are not in the classroom a year of qualifying.

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