Commenting on research by the Labour Party showing an increase in the number of unqualified teachers, Nick Brook, deputy general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT says: “The rise in the use of unqualified teachers is the result of a crisis in the recruitment and retention of teachers. We believe that all schools should have qualified teachers leading classroom teaching, and providing a supply of good quality candidates must be one of the government’s top responsibilities in education. It is clear that the government must now produce a national strategy on recruitment and retention, something NAHT has been calling for a number of years now.
“NAHT’s recruitment survey in November found that eight out of ten school leaders had difficulty with recruitment across all roles, from teachers to senior leaders. More teachers are leaving the profession than ever before. We must ensure teachers are treated well, paid appropriately and get the support they need to deliver for all pupils.”
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