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Association for Teachers and Lecturers warn that teaching jobs are threate ned

More than 2,000 teaching jobs are threatened despite the looming recruitment crisis, the Association for Teachers and Lecturers warned this week.

A survey of one-third of schools in England and Wales found one in 10 was expecting to make redundancies this term. Some 750 jobs had already gone and a further 140 were at risk - equivalent nationally to 2,400 posts axed or under threat.

Some redundancies were compulsory, the union said. Budget cuts were blamed, with schools increasingly using short-term contracts or getting rid of older, higher-paid staff.

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