Unfilled maths teacher positions are adding up

Big pay uplift is needed, says head forced to put non-specialists with junior classes

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“It’s a pretty grim business,” says headteacher Gavin Clark, when talking about the teacher recruitment crisis.

His school – Preston Lodge High in East Lothian – advertised for 2.5 maths teacher posts last month and ended up recruiting one teacher. The jobs attracted four applications, but only one came from a qualified teacher.

Managing to secure one maths teacher was “something of a relief”, says Mr Clark, who was recently forced to cut his computing department from two teachers to one after four adverts failed to deliver.

The school has readvertised the remaining maths teacher posts. The ...

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