Update: Recruiting teachers

Last week I intervened in the House of Commons to ask the Leader of the House for an urgent debate on the deeply concerning impact of Government policy on the recruitment of teachers, particularly in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects.


After a recent visit to a school in my constituency, I was horrified to find that after placing a national advert for a science teacher they didn't receive a single response.

I'm delighted that the Sheffield Star have today stepped up the pressure by highlighting my concerns on their front page as teaching unions continue to voice their concern.

Despite it being projected that we will need more than 1.25m science, engineering and technology technicians by 2020, in across the country there is a crisis in the recruitment and retention of teachers for these very subjects.

And as teachers continue to suffer incredible pressure as a result of an overly politicized inspection body, crippling workloads and management in academies from individuals who who never done a day's teaching in their lives, I will continue to hold the government to account on their teacher recruitment crisis.

You can read the article above online by visiting the Sheffield Star website here.

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