The figures around recruitment are pretty stark. In the last six years, the number of primary age students increased by over 14%, and the numbers in secondary are predicted to rise by 19% by 2025. The crisis is neatly illustrated by the following statistics:
- 2016, 42,830 teachers left the workforce (9.9% of the total workforce).
- Nearly 34,910 of these teachers left for reasons other than retirement.
- In the same period just 24,120 newly qualified teachers were trained (replacing 5.6% of the workforce)
- The remainder of workforce replenishment is coming from teachers returning to the profession (14,200).
- Although the number of teachers rose between 2010 and 2016, the numbers of secondary teachers actually fell by 4.9%.