Government Fails to Meet Target for Recruiting Teachers

Government Fails to Meet Target for Recruiting Teachers

The government has failed to meet its target for the number of postgraduates who choose to take on teacher training to become computing teachers.

Only 495 of the 723 applicants were filled for computing postgraduate teacher training for the 2016/17 academic year.

The current situation has been labelled a ‘crisis’ by Martin Thompson of the National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers.

Back in 2014 the computing curriculum was launched in the UK, making it mandatory for children between five and 16 to learn computational thinking.

However it’s clear the industry is struggling to find teachers, especially at primary level, with specialist skills.

Research has also shown a shortage of secondary school teachers choosing to specialise in STEM subjects.

In the 2014/15 academic year one in every five maths and physics graduates would need to train to become teachers to meet the requirements for teachers of those subjects.

Educational director at Fujitsu, Ash Merchant, said the report highlighted the “urgency of the skills gap in the UK”.

He added: “The lack of teachers being encouraged into STEM-related roles begs concern for the next generation of schools leavers who are at risk of being ill-equipped for the industries they’ll soon find themselves competing to enter.”

Raising the quality of teaching and pupil outcomes around digital literacy to equip school leavers with the digital skills needed to thrive in an increasingly technology-focussed workplace is something we’re passionate about at UKFast. Find out more about our project with The Dean Trust here

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