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The truth about the rise in teacher numbers

Shortage of staff in difficult-to-recruit subjects is still a problem, heads warn

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New national figures on teacher numbers have this month brought some good news – for a change. Here, we shine a light on the statistics (the publication of which went largely unnoticed) and consider how significant they might be.

Weren’t the annual teacher census statistics published a few months ago?

Yes. The 2017 figures, published in December, showed the first overall rise in teacher numbers since 2010, with an increase from 50,970 in 2016 to 51,513 in 2017. However, not all data is published in December; some statistics are quietly drip-fed online in the months that follow. Among those ...

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