Teachers: Vacancies

Department for Education written question – answered on 28th October 2015.

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Photo of Lord Quirk Lord Quirk Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government which areas of the country are most at risk of an actual or projected shortage of teachers in schools.

Photo of Lord Nash Lord Nash The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The government is committed to making teaching an attractive career for talented people, and will continue to support schools recruit and retain the brightest and best teachers. At a national level, our indicators show that the system overall is recruiting and retaining a sufficient number of teachers to meet demand. However, we fully recognise that, as the economy improves, schools face a challenge to recruit teachers, with schools in certain areas, such as coastal and rural areas, often facing greater difficulties.

We are supporting schools through policies that help them to attract and retain good teachers, such as reducing unnecessary workload, tackling poor pupil behaviour, and increasing pay flexibility.

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