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.
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Headteachers are breaking the rules to feed children and their families because they say they cannot ignore the signs of poverty
Fiona Gittings, a headteacher in a large primary school in the south of England, is talking about a child whose mother was recently refused asylum. The family was homeless and had been moved from place to place. Finally, they were put in a hostel so far from the school that transport costs were prohibitive. “Being in a hostel was terrifying and utterly unsuitable for the children,” says Gittings. “Carrying on coming to this school, where he was well settled, was so important for that child – it was the only stability he had.”
So Gittings dipped into an emergency fund she has created to pay for a bus pass for both mother and child. She set up the fund a few months ago with £500 of her school budget, £500 from her parent-teacher association and £500 from the church. She knows she can’t continue to pay for their travel though: one adult and one child bus pass for a month comes to about £100. So eventually the child may be forced to move to a new school.
It’s not the first time Gittings has helped poor families out. “This mum had no money – she was literally begging and borrowing to pay for two bus rides across the city to get her child to school. I told her to ask me if she needed help. She’s desperate and she was utterly mortified, but I am so proud that she felt she could come to me.”
But bus passes are the least of it. Gittings lists other recent payments she has made from the emergency fund: new bunks for two children when their beds were destroyed in a domestic violence incident; £12 to a mum heading to court who thought she’d have to pay for a non-molestation order (she brought the money back); a bed, a table and a chair for a boy living with his dad where there was no furniture other than a sofa in the flat. Then there’s £30 to £50 food money every few weeks to a “very proud” grandmother looking after a young boy. “I couldn’t trust the mum not to shove it up her arm, but the nan I could.”
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