Schools face cri­sis in teacher numbers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

Se­condary schools are fac­ing a “cri­sis” in re­cruit­ing teach­ers to fill va­cant posts this Septem­ber, a re­cruit­ment agency says.

Three R’s Teacher Re­cruit­ment has noted a 13% rise in de­mand for sup­ply teach­ers in re­cent months, but has not had any in­crease in can­di­dates.

Com­pany con­sul­tant Nicki Curry said: “We have seen a surge in re­quests for flex­i­ble sup­ply teach­ers and cover su­per­vi­sors from se­condary schools across the county.

“Schools in Kent are fac­ing a re­cruit­ment cri­sis and ur­gently need more sup­ply teach­ers to fill va­can­cies be­fore the next aca­demic year.

“Sup­ply teach­ers play a cru­cial role in many schools, cov­er­ing for teach­ers who are ill, ab­sent or on train­ing cour­ses.”

The com­pany is host­ing open days for would-be sup­ply teach­ers to find out what va­can­cies are avail­able.

The Ash­ford event will be held at the High­point Busi­ness Vil­lage at Hen­wood to­mor­row (Friday, Au­gust 11) from 10am to 1pm

There will also be an open day at the River­side Busi­ness Centre at River Lawn Road in Ton­bridge on Friday, Au­gust 18, from 10am to 1pm.

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