Are we ready for teaching minus the teachers?

If finding 47,000 extra secondary teachers proves impossible, schooling may shape up to be radically different in 2024, as the sector is forced to plug the gaps

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The idea of somehow finding an extra 47,000 secondary school teachers by 2024 sounds like mission impossible. So is it now time to start thinking the unthinkable – planning for a world in which teacher shortages are the new normal?

It is already possible to discern the outline of a potential future in which fewer teachers per pupil are employed, with options that may be considered anathema today becoming a necessity tomorrow. Some, such as harnessing education technology, could transform the profession as we know it and may be difficult to digest. Are we really ready for teaching without ...

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