Ofsted and ministers disagree over teacher recruitment figures

Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education, has clashed with ministers over teacher shortages.

It says that there are serious teacher shortages in England, especially in “isolated, coastal and disadvantaged areas” – but the Government denies this is the case, saying that teacher numbers in classrooms is at an “all-time high”.

The opposition party, Labour, also accuses ministers of massaging the figures to produce a favourable outcome on numbers and hide the extent of the recruitment problem.

Ofsted claims there are fewer teacher trainees coming through, but a Government spokesperson said, “… there are now 13,100 more full-time equivalent teachers than in 2010.”

 

Read more here from The Guardian

 

05/01/16

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