School crisis feared over UK teacher shortage

A shortage of teachers in the UK is sparking fears of an education crisis days ahead of the new school year in Britain.

The shortage of teachers translates into fewer subjects in larger classes by less qualified people, as new figures show the education system’s failure in recruiting enough school teachers, according to a Guardian report.

The figures revealed last week suggest there will be a 10% shortfall in trainees starting next month. It will be the third year in a row that the government has failed to hit the targets in its teacher supply model, the report added.

Data shows a 57% recruitment shortfall in trainee design and technology teachers and a 37% shortfall in religious education teachers. For music teachers the shortfall is 25%, the same as for geography, while for teachers in the key subjects of English and maths the shortfall is 12% and 11% respectively.

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