"It's like trying to empty Lake Michigan with a dinner fork." Head of a Roman Catholic high school in St Helen's.
"Newly-qualified teacher applicants have told me they look at league tables before applying. If you're not at the top they forget it. They dare not risk a poor OFSTED or a school being named and shamed early in their careers." Head of a Buckinghamshire grammar school
"Recruiting sound science teachers is impossible. We have been gazumped by other schools and had people break contracts to go elsewhere for extra cash." Head of an Essex school.
"Trying to appoint a maths teacher in the South-east became the dance of the demons with schools phoning each other in desperation."
Deputy head of an East Sussex community college.