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Where will we find a further 47,000 secondary teachers?

We’re already in the midst of a teacher recruitment and retention crisis – and it’s set to get a whole lot worse, a new Tes analysis shows. Is it time to think the unthinkable? Will Hazell reports

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Teachers have known for years that their profession is in the throes of a recruitment and retention crisis. But they might not realise just how bad the shortfall of teachers is about to become. Exclusive research by Tes shows that England needs 47,000 more secondary teachers by 2024 if it is to cope with an explosion in the number of pupils.

To put that into perspective, the figure represents a 22.5 per cent increase in the number of secondary teachers currently in the system – at a time when recruitment for new trainee teachers is already going backwards.

The analysis also reveals that the ...

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