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Will the looming teacher shortage crisis affect exam results?

16 August 2016

This week and next, thousands of young people will receive their A level and GCSE exam results. It is a time that is incredibly stressful for both students and families alike.

Whilst everyone agrees that you ‘reap what you sow’, there is no doubt that the very best teaching leads to the very best results. And so it’s not surprising that schools are becoming increasingly anxious to ensure they recruit the best staff from what is becoming an ever-decreasing field of talent.

Examination results are rightly seen as a key indicator of a child’s ability to perform and a school’s capacity to deliver the best support, but how long will it be before they cease to do this?

The invaluable support and challenge that the best teachers provide enables students to reach their individual potential; failing to maintain this puts the whole educational system in jeopardy.

With a need for an extra 4,000 teachers by 2020 in London alone, our world renowned, gold standard British education is at breaking point. Due to a growing school age population and an exponential increase in the number of British curriculum schools overseas, teaching is reaching a crisis point.

Ian Hunt, managing director of Gabbitas, the independent education consultancy, comments: “We are all delighted when our children achieve their potential and good luck to everyone holding their breath for exam news. However, we must address the teacher shortage problem before it becomes a national education crisis that affects the future of all of our children.”

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Notes to Editor

The requirement of 4,000 teachers in London is quoted from ISC.

About Gabbitas
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