Probationers are the future
They want a job and soon, especially after recent high-profile recruitment campaigns to encourage them into the profession. Many are mature entrants with family commitments - just the type we want.
Sadly, they are not yet in a position to walk into a permanent, decently paid post, even after the new one-year induction scheme, which has been richly applauded for its effectiveness. The next stage is proving equally difficult and it is leaving many new and willing entrants deeply disappointed at their treatment. As we have known for years, many simply leave for other jobs because none are immediately available in teaching.
This is immensely wasteful and it is as well there is an official investigation. Time is running out to head off a staffing crisis in some subjects and in some areas.