PAC: GOVERNMENT FAILURE ON TEACHER NUMBERS ADDS TO PRESSURE ON SCHOOLS
Growing sense of crisis for schools in England struggling to retain and develop teaching workforce
The powerful Commons Public Accounts Committee issued a warning this week, as it reported on the Government failure to retain teachers and support them adequately in their work.
The Committee found that the number of teachers leaving the profession for reasons other than retirement has increased from just three in every hundred to eight in every hundred. Workload was cited as the main reason, with a typical teacher working 54 hours each week.
Said Caroline: “There is a growing sense of crisis that schools are failing to retain their teachers. I am very worried if the national pattern is repeated in Doncaster. Doncaster has to improve its standards of education; and it will be harder to improve the standard of teaching if we lose teachers at the rate it is happening across the country.
“I have nine primary and 4 secondary schools, just in Don Valley, that must improve their performance. Yet if those schools were to lose between them 33 primary and 37 secondary teachers in the year, that will be even harder to achieve. The Government needs to understand that schools in small towns and villages already find it harder to recruit young teachers. The Government needs to address the workload issues and give more support to teachers in Doncaster and elsewhere if we are ever to improve the quality of education for our children.”
“Our report made clear that the loss of teachers has increased under the Government; which is spending far more on training new teachers than on investing in supporting and improving the ones we have.
“The Committee found that there is too much variation in the quality of teaching, which the Government appears to have no explanation for.”
Don Valley has one primary teacher for every 21 pupils and one secondary teacher for every 15.
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