In England, hardly half the necessary quantity of trainee teachers for secondary schools was hired.

As the academic year begins, data reveals that only half of the needed number of trainee teachers for secondary schools in England have been hired.

The National Education Union (NEU) and the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) received the statistics, which indicate that ministers are on track to fall 48% short of their hiring goals.

According to the National Foundation for Educational Research, enrollment numbers are below the government objective in all courses with the exception of history, physical education, and classics. According to Jack Worth, the NFER’s school workforce lead, “without an urgent policy response to make teaching more attractive, schools will face increasingly severe shortages over the next few years, which are likely to have a negative impact on the quality of pupils’ education.”

Just 13,788 recruits were hired last month, the final month before teacher training courses begin; this is far less than the target of 26,360.

On Tuesday, during the TUC’s annual conference in Liverpool, the NAHT and the NEU will co-host a discussion on the problem of teacher recruitment and retention.

The NAHT general secretary, Paul Whiteman, said the shortages meant that more students were being taught by teachers who had the necessary credentials, by teaching assistants, or by substitute personnel.

A fresh vision that reinstates education as a job that graduates want to do must take the place of the government’s failed recruitment and retention plan, he said. That requires, at the absolute minimum, an immediate strategy to reverse more than a decade’s worth of salary reductions in real terms in order to address the crippling work and fundamentally alter Ofsted.

The NEU general secretary, Daniel Kebede, said: This is not a sustainable condition, and the causes are all too obvious. Numerous professionals are leaving the field as a result of persistent underfunding, some of the longest working hours in Europe, and compensation reductions in real terms. There aren’t enough people entering the teaching field since there are better-paying occupations elsewhere with lower stress levels.

A spokeswoman for the Department for Education (DfE) stated that the starting salary for teachers will increase by at least £30,000 starting in September, which recognizes the dedication of teachers and leaders.

The DfE reported that there were more teachers than ever in classrooms, up 27,000 since 2010. However, the unions draw attention to the fact that there are fewer students in state-funded schools in England.

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