Labour’s education spokeswoman Lucy Powell joined headteachers to blast the Government for ignoring the problem and damaging morale
The number of disenchanted teachers who quit the classroom last year has soared to a record 50,000, shocking new figures reveal today.
The figure is the highest since records were first kept in 1997 and means the country will need an extra 160,000 teachers over the next three years to stave off a staffing crisis.
Applications to teach fell by 21,000 compared to last year as the number of those wanting to join the profession plunged in every region of the country.
Experts estimate that the problem could leave the nation short of 65,000 teachers by 2018. But the number of primary and secondary school pupils is expected to grow by 582,000 by 2020.
In the 12 months to November 2014, a total of 49,120 teachers left the job, according to an analysis carried out by Labour of official Department for Education statistics.