The Teacher Shortage

This is rather amusing. An ex-teacher has this to say about how to solve the current teacher shortage:

"I know there\’s a crisis among teachers. That\’s why desperate measures like this are being taken. But the answer to that is to reduce teacher workload, improve our pay and keep us all in the job."

Reducing the workload of each individual teacher of course means that you have to increase the total numbers of teachers in order to perform the total workload.

An interesting way to deal with a shortage of teachers, don\’t you think?

Official figures show that about 250,000 working-age teachers are no longer in the classroom. Nearly 100,000 switched careers between 2000 and 2005 – more than double the number that left in the preceding five-year period.

My suspicion would be that a lot of them are shuffling paper in the Local Education Authorities. Abolish that layer of bureaucracy and you\’ll find yourself with a surplus of teachers.

3 thoughts on “The Teacher Shortage”

  1. Not quite, Tim. You could abolish a large bureaucracy in LEAs, but most of these aren’t ex-teachers (bar a few ‘advisors’ often people who are clueless), most of them have never been near a classroom since they left school.

    It is relatively simple to reduce the workload. As with anything ZanuLabour touches, the addition of insanely large amounts of pointless bureaucracy, targets and monitoring is dumped on teachers by HMI/OFSTED/DFSC/LEAs.

    The latest being the 69 sections for the under-fives. Yet more pointless box-ticking, turkey-army morons to check it, endless statistics which prove nothing etc etc etc.

    Most teachers don’t want a reduced workload in teaching – they didn’t even particularly want PPA time (teachers now get 10% time off for planning, prep. and assessment, unfunded by the Govt of course). This is only necessary because of the rubbish poured out from the various bureaucracies.

    These vast and pointless entities have nothing to do, so they churn out endless ridiculously lengthy documents micromanaging everything. (Twenty years ago you got a dozen or so pages listing topics for exam courses, marking guides for projects and past papers).

    Virtually all of it is rubbish ; it is more or less mandatory and incredibly tedious to teach and be taught.

  2. We have a teacher shortage because 250 000 qualified teachers of working age, have left the profession in recent years.

    They have left because it is a god-awful job. The behaviour of pupils is vile, and too often violent. And there are no effective sanctions left.

    I just reckon it’s a bit rich for an NUT bloke to start bleating about all this now.

  3. I’ve changed my job pretty much every 4 years, and had an MD tell me once he was suspicious of people that didn’t.

    People qualify to be teachers, decide it’s not for them *now* and go elsewhere. Some of them will find they dislike other jobs *more* and come back, others won’t. What I planned to be at 18 when I picked my first attempt at a degree bore no bearing on what I was doing 4 years later, when I went back to do a degree at 25 it was with a mind to training to be a teacher, but I’d changed my mind before I graduated.

    Given a bunch of NQTs chose to study a B.Ed. aged 18, why does it surprise anyone at all that a bunch of them decide the career they set their sites on aged 18 isn’t what they want at 22? Doesn’t surprise me at all.

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