'The news from Essex CC, coming on top of reports of acute recruitment crises in London, the South East and other parts of England demonstrates that the teacher recruitment crisis is approaching melt-down. The alarm bells are sounding for the government because part-time schooling will be as politically damaging as patients in hospital corridors waiting for operations or lengthening hospital waiting lists.
The government's long term measures to improve recruitment will take too long to come to the rescue of the many schools facing acute recruitment difficulties here and now. It is imperative that the school teachers' review body and the government
back a substantial pay increase for all teachers. At least this will send a positive message to the heads and their staffs who are rapidly becoming demoralised and frustrated by their inability to plug the gaps created by the worst recruitment crisis many have seen for nearly 20 years.'