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61% of teacher vacancies hard to fill.

61% of teacher vacancies hard to fill.

NAHT survey finds 61 per cent of teacher vacancies reported as difficult to fill

Teacher recruitment is “a pipeline leaking at both ends”, the NAHT heads’ union has said, after it published a survey laying bare the scale of the recruitment and retention crisis.

The survey of 800 school leaders shows that for the fourth consecutive year respondents are reporting a problem with recruitment across all roles.

Almost two thirds (61 per cent) of teacher vacancies were reported as difficult to fill, while respondents failed altogether to recruit to 18 per cent of roles.

And one third (33 per cent) of respondents blamed budget pressures for their failure to recruit teachers – up from 9 per cent in 2014.

As Tes reported last week, retention is also proving difficult, with 66 per cent of school leaders saying they were aware of some of their staff having left the teaching profession for reasons other than retirement.

Nick Brook, the NAHT’s deputy general secretary, said: “Despite four years of warnings by NAHT the recruitment crisis continues unabated.”

He added: “The recruitment pipeline is leaking at both ends, with insufficient numbers of newly qualified teachers coming into the system and too many experienced teachers leaving prematurely.”

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