Schools facing a ‘national crisis’ over teacher recruitment.

Schools are in the grip of a “national crisis” over teacher recruitment, a headteachers’ leader will tell the Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan this week.

Allan Foulds, the president of the Association of School and College Leaders – which represents secondary headteachers and college leaders – will warn the shortage of recruits is so severe it is jeopardising the Government’s drive to improve standards in schools.

In his address to his association’s annual conference on Friday Mr Foulds will draw attention to the shortage of recruits, the exodus of teachers from the profession, and the public spending squeeze which is making it difficult to attract candidates for almost every subject on the curriculum. (The Independent)

Sir Michael Wilshaw, the chief inspector of Ofsted, says a teacher shortage is being worsened by thousands of newly-qualified teachers leaving the country.

Last year some 18,000 people left England to teach abroad in English-language international schools - more than the 17,000 people who were trained via post-graduate routes.

Sir Michael said: "Anyone regularly perusing the job vacancy pages of the education press cannot help but notice just how many of our elite public schools are busy opening up international branches across the globe, especially in the Gulf States and the Far East. (Sky News)

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