Response to the Education Select Committee’s ‘supply of teachers’ inquiry report

21st February 2017

Responding to the Education Select Committee’s publication of its ‘supply of teachers’ inquiry into teacher recruitment and retention today, Julian Stanley, CEO of Education Support Partnership said:  

“This inquiry echoes what we hear from teachers every day. Many are struggling with crippling workloads which cannot be sustained. Pressure on budgets and a failure to attract new recruits is exacerbating the strain experienced by those in the job.

“Thousands of education professionals call us in a state of crisis, panic and high distress. The problems so many are experiencing continues to lead to high rates of sickness absence and once-dedicated teachers choosing to leave the profession.

“The proposed ‘cap’ on the number of hours that teachers have to work outside of school by the education select committee would be welcome but needs to be clearly rooted in far greater support for teacher health, wellbeing and professional development from initial training onwards. Teachers are the bedrock and building blocks of our society and economy, nurturing future generations.

“As the report clearly identifies, the government currently lacks any sort of long-term plan or vision to address this mounting crisis. Without one, as our #NotQuittingTeaching campaign continues to highlight, it risks a mass exodus of talent and experience from our classrooms.”

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Note to editors:

Education Support Partnership is the new name for the joined forces of Teacher Support Network, Recourse and Worklife Support. We believe everyone in education deserves to feel their best so we’re dedicated to helping organisations and their staff to boost health, happiness and wellbeing through individual support and great management.  

Contact:

Sophie.Howells@edsupport.org.uk
Tel 020 76972756/ out of hours 07814 515984