Commenting on plans for an international recruitment drive for specialist maths and physics teachers, Voice General Secretary Deborah Lawson said:
“We welcome both the recognition of teacher shortages and the recruitment of teachers from a diverse range of countries and backgrounds, bringing with them new ideas and experiences.
“There is nothing new in this. Nearly one in six teachers starting in England’s schools in 2014 qualified overseas.
“However, at a time of stagnating pay levels that are making teaching uncompetitive as a graduate career path, and the erosion of school budgets, we need a long-term solution to the recruitment and retention crisis, not a short-term fix.
“Fifty teachers represent a drop in a very large ocean.
“Questions remain about how long the new recruits will be expected to stay. That has a considerable bearing on whether the £300,000 contract is a good long-term investment or would have been better spent, for example, on addressing the high turnover of newly qualified teachers [ http://blog.voicetheunion.org.uk/?p=11162 ].
“While we need more maths and physics teachers, 50 will not go far and the shortage of teachers affects subjects across the board.
The Department for Education’s own evidence [Schools workforce in England 2010 to 2015: trends and geographical comparisons, September 2016] found that 23% of secondary schools in England reported a vacancy or temporarily filled post in November 2015 (up 7% on 2011).”
Voice Press Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) on 01332 372337 or 0794 871 0413 or General Secretary Deborah Lawson (email@example.com) on 01332 372337 or 07725 960 132.
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