Teacher recruitment a 'significant challenge', say MPs

Encouraging teachers in England to stay in the profession will "remain a significant challenge" for the coming years, a committee of MPs stresses.


The Education Select Committee says the next government will have to ensure recruitment targets are improved.


The government says it is committed to addressing the challenges schools face.


The Department for Education said it had committed to spending over £1.3bn on attracting new teachers into the profession up until 2020.


In a report published in February, the cross-party group of MPs had accused ministers of failing to take adequate measures to tackle teacher shortages.


In response to the MPs' report, the DfE said overall teacher retention rates had remained broadly stable for the past 20 years, and around seven out of 10 teachers remain in teaching five years after qualifying.


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