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.