While Egypt's sphinx is famously enigmatic, the teaching one is all too easy to "read". Now that its great head has turned grey we need to begin looking for a vast number of replacements. Although falling school rolls will mitigate the effects of the departures, the General Teaching Council for Wales is right to sound the alarm. But will the politicians, focused on short-term re-election goals, act on the warnings?
We must hope that they do because the impending recruitment crisis could prove to be the biggest challenge that Welsh education has ever faced.