In a damning report published today, the National Audit Office has set how how the government spends an annual £700 million on recruiting and training new teachers, but has missed its own recruitment targets for the past four years.
The spending watchdog goes on to highlight a series of points about teacher recruitment that the Department for Education does not know but needs to find out. They include:
- The extent of local teacher supply shortages and whether they are being resolved locally.
- Whether the route a trainee takes into teaching makes them more likely to stay in teaching.
- A measure of how accurate the DfE teacher supply model is.
- The impact of bursaries on the proportion of trainees who qualify as teachers.
- Data to show whether the quality of a newly qualified teacher is linked to their route into teaching.
- Whether bursaries improve the proportion of trainees who stay in the classroom as teachers.