Teacher recruitment crisis deepens
The enormous crisis schools are facing and how companies are starting to turn this to their advantage
The four governments that control education in the UK have a huge problem - they don’t have enough teachers.
Although until now the recruitment of primary school teachers has just about kept pace with the growth in the number of children in schools, the number of children is still growing and is starting to outpace the number of teachers.
In secondary schools, however, the problem has already hit. Only 82% of secondary training places were filled last year just as the expansion of secondary pupil numbers (which of course follows six years behind primary schools) has just started. In 2015/16 15 out of 18 secondary subjects had unfilled places compared with 2011/12, when no subjects had unfilled places. This situation is going to get much, much worse.
What is the future of PSHE?”
The government refuses to make sex and relationship education compulsory in schools
PSHE education is a non-statutory subject on the school curriculum. However, section 2.5 of the national curriculum states that all state schools 'should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice'.
But now the chairs of five parliamentary select committees have written to the Education Secretary for England Justine Greening asking for the government to make sex and relationship education (SRE) compulsory in all schools - something it has refused to do.
The letter expresses concern at the government's response to a women and equalities committee report into the sexual harassment and sexual abuse of pupils in schools.
Is the schools' budget growing or shrinking?
This summer the UK will run out of school places. It won’t be a huge shortfall but by 2017/18 it will have grown to 200,000 places.
The reason that the UK is running out of school places is simple: the population is rising faster than the number of new places is growing.
This population rise comes primarily from the rising birth rate, and thus it is primary schools that are being affected first, and we can see that they will continue to be pressured for at least another five years.
As for the secondary schools, they are now starting to feel the pinch, but won’t run out of places for another couple of years.
So what does this mean for school funding?