The BBC has been giving it both barrels today about the ‘teacher shortage’….a scandalous, never known before, disaster that the Tories are responsible for apparently.
Curous that this ‘sudden’ disaster is one that is an ever recurring one, not just in the UK but around the world….
‘The attraction and retention of teachers is a problem faced by schools worldwide and possibly more so in the public sector.’
The BBC is banging on about teacher shortages, retention and teachers teaching subjects they are not fully qualified to teach and that there is an acute shortage of teachers in certain subjects such as maths and science. So what’s new?
Let’s have a bit of perspective. There’s nothing new about this. It was a huge problem under Labour, a problem they clearly didn’t fix, and indeed made worse by their immigration policies. For the BBC, as always, history begins, for political purposes, in 2010 with a mainly Tory government…..all was beautiful and bright pre-2010, the Dark Ages only began with Cameron and his Etonian cabal.
For the BBC’s Journalists’ sake let’s have a look at some headlines from Labour’s time in office…and they’re from the Guardian…..apart from this one in 2000…from the BBC…how soon they forget….
Schools are facing a “catastrophic” teacher shortage, warns the Shadow Education Secretary, Theresa may.
According to figures which the Conservatives will quote in a debate in the House of Commons on Wednesday, there will be a shortage of over 30,000 teachers by 2004.
From the Guardian, 2004….
Targeted training and better pay for secondary school teachers working in deprived areas could significantly reduce teacher shortages, according to a Commons report published today.
The report, on teacher recruitment and retention published by the Commons education and skills committee, voices concern about the large number of staff teaching outside the subjects they originally qualified in and recommends that the government examines in more detail why up to a third of trainee teachers still quit before, or shortly after, entering the profession.
Schools in England are going to be hit by a serious shortage of teachers over the next 10 years as nearly half of present staff retire, warns a report from the London School of Economics, which will make gloomy reading for the incoming education secretary, Ruth Kelly.
The report warns: “England has an ageing teaching profession, especially in primary schools – 40% of all teachers are aged 45-55, and those aged over 55 account for another 6% of the workforce. “Within the next 10 years, nearly 50% of the current workforce is likely to have retired. Since the number of pupils is not forecast to decrease significantly, at the current level of recruitment there is likely to be a large shortage of teachers.”
Britain’s education system is short of tens of thousands of teachers as staff fed-up with long hours and low pay quit, according to a new study. It warns that the problem of increasing class sizes will worsen over the next decade.
Pupils in low attaining schools are more likely to be being taught maths by teachers who are not qualified in the subject, according to research published today.
Just over one-fifth (21%) of maths teachers working in schools in England with the lowest GCSE results did not hold a post-A-level qualification in the subject.
The government’s commitment to tackle childhood obesity has been thrown into doubt because Glasgow’s primary schools have only a handful of PE teachers.
Headteachers today accused the government of being “in denial” over what they claim is a growing leadership crisis in England’s primary and secondary schools.
Their claims are based on new findings which reveal that there are now hundreds of schools without permanent senior staff to run them.