Teacher recruitment crisis "unacceptable" for South Wales pupils

The Welsh Government must act to tackle the growing teacher recruitment crisis in Welsh schools – South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies has said.


Data published by the independent regulator in Wales shows that teacher recruitment targets are being missed in almost all subjects – with only history and business studies hitting theirs in 2016/17.


Modern foreign languages failed to recruit even half of their required teachers.


The National Education Workforce Survey found almost 90% of Welsh teachers cannot handle their workloads – while a third wish to leave the profession in the next 3 years.


Mr Davies called for a National School Workforce Plan for Wales – to tackle the shortages and reduce the need to rely on agency staff.


It was unacceptable for pupils’ educations in Cardiff, the Vale and RCT to suffer – he said.


Mr Davies said, “The fact a third of Welsh teachers are considering leaving the profession shows we have a real problem with teacher recruitment.


“The vast majority of teachers cannot cope with their workloads – and it is unacceptable if local pupils’ educations suffer.


“It’s therefore vital the Welsh Government takes immediate action to address this.


“I’m calling on them to introduce a National School Workforce Plan for Wales – to get more people into teaching and tackle these problems head on.


“Our country’s future depends on a thriving education system – and we must do all we can to encourage people to enter the profession.”