Richard Vaughan

We’re being forced to hire worse teachers, say heads

New TES research shows how recruitment crisis is damaging school standards

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Headteachers are increasingly unhappy with the quality of applicants for teaching posts, TES research shows, as heads’ leaders said schools are being forced to take on lower calibre staff in a desperate attempt to fill positions.

New figures reveal that schools have had more success filling empty roles than in any other year since 2012 but, according to heads, there has been a fall in the quality of applicants over the same period.

The annual TES Teacher Recruitment Index research shows that almost three-quarters of school leaders – 72 per cent – believe there has been a “deterioration” in ...

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