A recent report by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) has highlighted serious teacher shortages across England. The report brought to light the decrease of applications for teacher training, down by 5%, with teacher training targets persistently missed for subjects such as maths and science.
Additionally, there has been an increase over time in the exit rates of teachers, with the highest increase being in special schools from 8% to 11%. Despite the fall in applications for teacher training and the increase in exit rates, the report revealed that since 2010 there has been a 10% increase in pupil numbers.
The EPI have recommended that “providing salary supplements to teachers in some subjects would alleviate shortages – such as in maths and science”. However, as reported in the BBC, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of ASCL, felt that an increase in teachers’ pay based on shortage subjects “would mean other teachers were paid less than their colleagues, despite having similarly demanding workloads".