Time for Whit's end?;Opinion
In fact, this week's surge in vacancies may be due to the Easter holidays. It will be a few weeks before we can be sure whether the gloomy recruitment picture in initial teacher training is mirrored by an increase in the flight from the classroom. Though as Robinson and Smithers point out, there are already more trained teachers of working age outside the classroom than in.
But if the staffing scramble is becoming more intense each spring - and the repercussions ever more serious for schools left without key staff when the music stops - perhaps it is time to consider scrapping the Whitsun deadline for resignations and appointments?