Teacher shortage feared in London

18-04-2008

Teacher shortage feared in London
There are fears that there could be a shortage of teachers in London as the government seeks to crack down on the employment of qualified educational professionals, experts have warned.

According to Professor Peter Earley and Sara Bubb of the Institute of Education, London, the tightening of regulations concerning overseas-trained teachers could trigger as many as 11,000 teaching vacancies in the capital.

Overseas-trained teachers who have not obtained a qualified status in the UK will not be allowed to be employed after August 31st.

Speaking at a London Education Research Unit seminar, Professor Earley and Ms Bubb claim that many schools may struggle to recruit trained staff in time for the start of the new school year.

"It is good that the employment rules are being tightened because London children need fully-qualified teachers. However, the short-term consequences are worrying, if pupils are without teachers," they said.

The Teacher Support Network recently revealed that many teachers are struggling financially in the current economic climate.

Related categories: Education / Training / Teaching.


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