A Perfect Storm

Distant Ramblings on the Horizon

There are teacher shortages in various subject areas. Maths, Physics, Computing to name but three.

There are less people applying to enter teacher training this year than last and fewer in training this year. 5,000 or 12% down depending on your source of favoured method of describing shortages.

Some areas of the economy are experiencing growth, which means there will be fewer applicants in future years. This is not cynicism just a reflection of what happens when the economy picks up after a recession. When the economy goes down, teacher training applications pick up. This graph was shared by @samfr yesterday illustrates this:

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What else?

Ah yes, pay. Teachers pay has risen at around half the rate of average national pay increases. Obviously many have fared worse, but many of those who have fared better are in industrial sectors that compete with education for employees.

Looking forward, and…

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