Where are all the teachers? Primary teacher training on track to significantly under-recruit

Teacher vacancies are 93% up on pre-Covid levels while the initial teacher training target for primary education is set to be missed significantly this year.

The latest analysis of the teacher workforce in England by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) warns that, based on applications as of February 2023, the government is on track to only recruit 79% of the primary teachers it needs for 2023/24.

The picture is equally grim at secondary level where just 58% of the secondary teachers needed are forecast to be recruited, with at least nine out of 17 secondary subjects due to miss their target by 20% or more.

It comes after this year’s official ITT figures (2022/23) also saw primary education recruitment fall short, with only 93% of the target being recruited – 10,868 teachers against a target of 11,655.

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