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GOVT URGED TO ADDRESS LOOMING TEACHER SHORTAGE

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Recruitment targets for teachers are not being met in most subject areas, and the incoming government should make r...
Recruitment targets for teachers are not being met in most subject areas, and the incoming government should make recruitment a priority to stave off teacher shortages, says Centre for Education and Employment Research director Alan Smithers.

Reported in the Times Educational Supplement (p1), Mr Smithers said measures should be taken to make the profession more attractive. Teachers needed a chance to 'revitalise themselves', there should be a system of sabbaticals and salaries should be reviewed.

Figures showed that with rising pupils numbers, teacher shortages could be more severe than they were during the 1980s. Teacher Training Agency figures show the worst affected areas were information technology, design and technology.
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