UK pupils are falling behind
due to a shortage of well-prepared teachers


“Without drastic action, more headteachers will be forced to employ staff not qualified in their subjects or for the age group they are teaching, or simply remove subjects from the curriculum”.

Official figures on teacher-training courses show drastic shortages in key subjects.

The lack of trainees in the UK schools means that the quality of learning and student grades are going to get poorer.

Recruitment problems lead to poor performance

Due to the current shortage of professional teachers, many schools are compelled to hire less qualified employees, with some offering exclusive/extra benefits packages in order to attract more potential candidates, leading to further costs.

In 2015, the biggest problem for school leaders was to find math, science and language teachers. No surprise here – the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) found that Nearly half of MFL teacher-training places are left unfilled, only 810 training places had been filled – just 54 per cent of the 1,514 trainees needed, falling short of meeting the government’s teacher-supply model by almost half the projected teachers needed.

According to the Association of Teachers & Lecturers (ATL), 62 per cent of teacher trainees do not go on to teach in schools at the end of their course, leading to less competition in teaching roles.

John Howson, teacher recruitment specialist and honorary fellow at the University of Oxford’s Department of Education stated “Without drastic action, more headteachers will be forced to employ staff not qualified in their subjects or for the age group they are teaching, or simply remove subjects from the curriculum”. In a piece he wrote for the guardian on teacher shortages. 

The UK already felt consequences of struggles to train and retain teachers. The international education league tables for 2016 show that British pupils are lagging behind foreign competitors in international tests of some subjects mentioned above, including languages.
The right training model can increase a school’s value.

Languages spoken by British schoolchildren, in addition to English, can be a valuable future source of supply. However, a report commissioned by the British academy found that in many cases even after training, foreign language teachers are still not properly prepared.

One of the causes for a lower quality of language lessons was due to little or no knowledge or experience of those teaching languages with the culture and cultural elements associated with a particular language, making their teaching theoretical rather than practical.

The most practical way to combat the teacher shortage

The new curriculum meant that many schools were left with compulsory language lessons, but no staff to teach them. Due to the current shortage, one of the most viable solutions would be to help you equip your current teachers with the right skills. Perhaps the most time and cost-saving option is the in-house training because they can make the most language lessons right at school!

Firstly, this type of training doesn’t require any changes of class schedules because it is taking place during the everyday classes. Secondly, the training at the exact place, where he/she supposed to work can create a relation & liability between teacher and school that helps to retain the right candidate at the workplace.

How does is work in practice? At InSchool Academy we place experienced qualified native speaking teachers in a school classroom and most of the training happens during the class! After spending time with one of our trainers, teachers develop a deeper practical knowledge on the best ways to offer the language to the children. Teachers also receive a feedback on the best practice materials and tools to use. Usually, the results of the training can be seen after the 1st class. Do you need any help?