The Sutton Trust published a report looking into teachers’ attitudes towards staffing shortages and recruitment.
The report,authored by Professor Becky Allen and Laura McInerney, confirmed the long-held view that schools serving disadvantaged communities have greater difficulties in recruiting suitable teachers. 30% of teachers in the most disadvantaged secondary schools reported that their department was not well-staffed with suitably qualified teachers compared to 14% in schools with the most affluent intakes. The problem seems to be growing, with 58% of teachers in the most disadvantaged schools being uncertain about their school’s ability to find suitably qualified teachers this summer.
The report also identified two potential causes of the recruitment challenges faced by schools serving disadvantaged communities. The survey results demonstrated that teachers believed that it was harder to teach in those schools, and that teachers in those schools were least attached to the profession, being the most likely to report they were soon going to leave teaching.
In terms of solutions, the report also identified cause for optimism by finding that 80% of teachers would consider a move to a local school in special measures if the conditions were right. Some of the key perks which could attract prospective teachers included pay, lower marking burdens, mentoring and promotion and training opportunities.