Louise presses Minister on teacher recruitment and retention

I led a debate in the house on Thursday calling on the Government to do much more to address the growing crisis surrounding teacher recruitment and retention.

Following a visit to a secondary school in my constituency, where I learnt that there hadn't been a single applicant for a vacant physics teacher position, I have pressed the government in Parliament to tackle the teaching recruitment crisis.

Overworked and undervalued by the government, the number of teachers leaving the profession is at levels not seen for over a decade. This at a time when the number of schoolchildren is rising.

I also called on the government to do something to address the extortionate cost of agencies, which are taking a cut of up to £1,000 per week, per teacher and paying supply teachers much less than their permanent colleagues as a result.

I have written to the Schools Minister asking him to answer the questions he failed to during the debate.

You can watch the debate and the response by the Schools Minister here:

http://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/a498cb7c-c535-4b61-a91b-47166c7529ad?in=17:15:35


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