Fears over post-pandemic teacher recruitment

There are signs of teacher shortages as schools anticipate difficulties securing enough suitably qualified teachers next academic year, according to research by SchoolsDash. Concerns were pronounced in the secondary sector, with 44% of secondary school leaders more worried than normal about this.

The study found that the proportion of assistant and deputy heads who intend to remain in the profession in three years’ time fell from 81% pre-pandemic to 75% today, with the share wanting to become a headteacher declining from 56% to 48%.

Higher levels of teacher job movement are also likely, as recruitment activity increases after the disruption of recent years.  Meanwhile research by the EPI suggests the long-term issues facing the sector, such as low retention rates for more experienced teachers and failure to meet recruitment targets, continue to persist.