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.