Wednesday, 27 March 2013

BBC News - Schools face teacher shortage crisis, claims Labour

BBC News - Schools face teacher shortage crisis, claims Labour:

"Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg said an extra 15,000 teachers would be needed by 2014-15 as an additional 256,000 pupils start school.

Mr Twigg said this was a "real and growing threat to school standards".

But the Department for Education said his claims were "ridiculous".

Mr Twigg's comments come less than two weeks after the National Audit Office warned that a quarter of a million extra school places would be needed in England by autumn 2014.

The spending watchdog said one in five primary schools in England was full or near capacity and there were signs of "real strain" on places."


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