The pressure of understaffing is unbearable: how long can we last?

You won’t find a more dedicated profession, but the excessive workload resulting from staff shortages is causing more and more people to consider quitting to avoid burnout, warns one secondary teacher

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The Shortage of teachers is becoming obvious. Hats off to headteachers and senior managers for finding clever workarounds for the lack of staff in some subjects. Home economics is probably a unifying example, but lots of teachers I approached while writing this piece highlighted shortages in maths, English and languages (some schools have had to mothball entire language options). In many cases, there was a lack of support-for-learning teachers, especially in primary schools, where they are seen as the fast-track option for filling other staffing gaps.

Parents are aware of these issues: there ...

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