Uphill struggle for staff in Dales

8th September 2000 at 01:00
WITH an idyllic setting on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, Aireville school in Skipton has had few problems recruiting staff.

Last year it was included in a list of the country's 100 most improved schools and is one of only three secondary moderns serving North Yorkshire.

But, over the past 12 months, headteacher David Croll has noticed a marked decline in the number of teachers applying for each vacancy.

"Our list of applications seems to be getter shorter, particularly for maths. Until recently, it wold not have been unusual to receive more than 20 applications for a standard grade post, but now we are getting just four or five.

"We are not, however, facing a crisis like some schools where posts are left open for months. It is just that the choice is not as wide as it used to be.

"Basically, there has been a complete lack of planning on a national level. The Government has failed to take into account the large number of people leaving the profession and the reduced numbers trying to enter it."

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