Welsh Government presiding over “dangerous decline" in teacher recruitment, says Darren Millar AM

The Education Workforce Council has today warned that schools face major problems unless teacher shortages are addressed.

It follows their release of figures which show that recruitment to secondary school teacher training courses was more than a third below the target for the second year in a row.

Welsh Conservative Shadow Education Secretary, Darren Millar AM, said it’ll take more than a “swish marketing campaign” to improve teacher recruitment and retention.

He said: “Given the recent flurry of damning reports on the health of Welsh education it is little surprise that graduates are being put off the teaching profession.

“From plummeting international league table results to scathing Estyn reports and teaching surveys that signal a pending mass exodus, the Welsh Government is presiding over a dangerous decline in teacher recruitment and retention.

“It’ll take more than a swish marketing campaign to address these problems and the Welsh Government must accept responsibility for its failure.

“We need to address the reputational issues faced by the school system here in Wales, make more generous bursaries available for hard to recruit subject areas, and deal with teacher workload issues.

"If we don't act now we will be failing children and young people for many years to come.”