Martin Thompson, executive director of the National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT) has warned school-based teacher training providers are being forced to fast-track applications, as a result of changes to the way places are filled.

Spending on supply teachers has risen by £300 million over the last two years to reach a record £1.3 billion, according to analysis by the Labour party.

Schools Minister Nick Gibb has told MPs that teaching doesn’t have a ‘morale problem’ and that there is ‘no evidence’ that it is profession in crisis.

79 per cent of schools leaders who have advertised vacancies are facing recruitment problems, according to new research from the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT).

Head teachers have warned that the teacher shortage will be exacerbated by the government’s proposal to limit teachers’ pay rises to one per cent.

The Department for Education has released official figures showing 485 teachers are earning a salary of £65,000 or more, after an investigation was launched into complaints claiming a teacher recruitment advertisement was misleading.

Ofsted chair Sir Michael Wilshaw has called for financial incentives to tackle teacher shortages.

A report entitled ‘What training do teachers need?’ has called for two-year ‘higher-level apprenticeships’ in order to counter ‘anti-intellectualism’ and prevent new staff from quitting.

Universities have warned that reforms to teacher training courses could see high quality teacher trainees turned away as national limits are reached.

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