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teacher shortage worsens.

teacher shortage worsens.

Vacancies are up by more than a quarter while the number of qualified entrants has fallen, official statistics reveal

Teacher vacancies have risen sharply by 26 per cent in the past year, amid growing concerns about teacher shortages.

Department for Education figures released this morning show that in November 2016, there were 920 vacancies for full-time permanent teachers in state-funded schools, up from 730 the year before.

A further 3,280 full-time posts were being temporarily filled by a teacher on a contract of at least one term but less than one year.

And there has been a further increase in the percentage of schools that have at least one advertised vacancy or temporarily-filled post.

For primary schools, the proportion rose from 6.9 per cent in 2015 to 8.9 per cent in 2016, and for secondary schools it rose from 23 per cent in 2015 to 27 per cent in 2016. 

This happened in the year when the number of secondary school pupils rose to 2.76 million – the first rise since 2005.

Today's DfE report on workforce statistics acknowledges:"The secondary school population is projected to continue increasing to 3.04 million by 2020 and further until 2025, when it is expected to peak at 3.33 million."

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