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Revealed: The number of teachers lost in Cornwall

Revealed: The number of teachers lost in Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 7:54am 25th September 2019.

It is claimed Cornwall has lost almost 250 classroom teachers in five years.

Figures from Times Educational Supplement (TES) show there were just under 3,800 in twenty eighteen.

That is down from more than 4,000 five years ago.

Nationwide, experts estimate the number of secondary school pupils will rise by more than 20% across the next five years.

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Figures show Cornwall has lost almost 250 classroom teachers in the space of the last five years

What do the figures show?

In 2014, the total number of classroom teachers in Cornwall stood at 4,026.

That number rose to 4,065 in 2015 but has seen a worrying drop since then.

Figures from 2018 show there was a total of 3,786.

The means a decrease of 240 classroom teachers in the space of the last five years.

You can see how the Duchy compares to the rest of the UK here.

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The number of classroom teachers in Cornwall stands at 3,786, down from more than 4,000 five years ago

What action is being taken?

Ministers say the government has already published plans to attract and keep good teachers.

"We share TES's ambition to find the next generation of teachers and leaders with the ambition to change lives.

"The Department for Education published the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy which sets out to attract and retain a strong and passionate workforce.

"The Tomorrow’s Teachers programme complements this work making it easier for young people who are considering a career in teaching to experience it".

Department for Education

However former education minister, Lord Knight, wants to see a recruitment drive across the UK.

"More teachers are leaving the profession than are joining it and at the same time, we know that the numbers of secondary school pupils is rising by 20%. That is now going to put a big pressure on those ratios unless we recruit a whole bunch more teachers.

"Once we've got people in the profession, we need to hang onto them. We need to look after them better, look after their well-being, make their workload manageable and connect what they're doing to the reason they wanted to be a teacher in the first place; that's helping children to grow".

Former Education Minister, Lord Knight

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