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Commenting on the publication of the Initial Teacher Training Census 2019/20 by the Department for Education, Chris Keates, General Secretary (Acting) of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:

“This is the seventh consecutive year that the Government has missed its own targets for recruitment into secondary initial teacher training and it has also missed its own primary recruitment target this year as well.

“The evidence clearly demonstrates the need for the Government to ensure that teachers’ salaries are competitive with other graduate professions and effective action on excessive workloads and working hours in schools.

“With two-thirds of existing teachers seriously considering leaving the profession, today’s teacher recruitment statistics confirm the crisis being faced by schools which is impacting adversely on children’s education and future life chances.

“The NASUWT will be pressing the Government after the general election to urgently address the factors which are causing the recruitment and retention crisis and guarantee all children and young people access to the broad, balanced and high-quality education to which they are entitled.” 


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