This week we look at the fall in teacher training applications from last year and what the reasoning may be behind this. There are good things and bad things to take out of this as a Supply teacher. A perk is that fewer teachers mean that more jobs are available on the market. This gives us the opportunity to handpick and take on better roles with better pay. Enabling more security in a job market, that lets face it these days, is no where near as secure as it once was. Which could also be the reasoning for lack of teacher training applications! The downside is cutbacks. A lack of staff usually means recruiting new staff or training in-house staff to do extra work to cover. Either way, it can be likely that helpers, TAs, Supply teachers (like us), or other members of staff lower down the picking order may be made redundant.
I was reading TES magazine, and found this article that shows the statistics of teacher training applicants and the fears arising.
Teacher training applications drop as recruitment crisis fears intensify
30th July 2015 at 17:20
Applications to train as a teacher in England have dropped by 9 per cent compared with this time last year.
Figures released today by university admissions organisation Ucas show that there were 119,170 applications for teacher training in England by 20 July this year, compared with 131,120 at the same time last year.
The latest statistics come amid growing concerns about a teacher recruitment crisis faced by many schools. They have prompted one expert to warn that the teacher training system is “running out of time” to find the new recruits needed.
But they also reveal that the year-on-year gap has closed as recruitment continues ‚Äì in May it was 13 per cent.
Ucas handles admissions for both university and school-led routes. There has been particular concern about the low recruitment rates on to School Direct, which last year only filled 61 per cent of its 15,254 allocated places.
This year, School Direct’s allocation rose by 15 per cent to 17,609 places. But today’s figures show that the number of School Direct places filled has only risen by 13 per cent compared with this time last year.
John Howson, a teacher workforce expert and honorary research fellow at the University of Oxford, said: ‚ÄúWe are running out of time. We are unlikely to get back to where we were last year because there is not enough time left to recruit people.‚Äù
There was also a question over which subjects any additional recruits would be signing up for, he added.
A recent poll carried out by TES and the National Governors’ Association found one in three schools were finding it hard to recruit senior leaders and 38 per cent struggled to attract good teachers.
A Department for Education spokesperson said: “These figures show an improving recruitment picture, with 2 per cent more people due to start postgraduate teacher training than this time last year. We have already exceeded our primary target and are making sustained progress in secondary ‚Äì including in key subjects like English, maths, physics and chemistry, where we are ahead of last year‚Äôs performance.
‚ÄúWe recognise, however, that recruitment is a challenge as the economy improves and competition for new graduates intensifies, which is why we are focused on attracting more top graduates into the profession, particularly in the core academic subjects that help children reach their potential.‚Äù
How do you think the lack of teacher training applicants could affect us as supply teachers?
Is it a good thing or a bad thing?
The article, and results of a recent poll, suggests that due to a lack of time schools are struggling to attract good teachers. Is that a plus for us?
Tell us your thoughts‚Ä¶