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Calls for more teachers in Bucks as growing numbers leave the profession

The Buckingham Partnership's introducing more retraining opportunities to help fill the vacancies.

Published by Mix96 News at 6:20am 25th September 2018. 3-minute read.

Calls for more teachers in Bucks as growing numbers leave the profession

With a fifth fewer people choosing teaching as career, there are real concerns there'll soon be a teacher shortage in Bucks.

That's according to the Buckingham Partnership - a group who help people retrain for jobs in the classroom.

The teacher training team, based at the Royal Latin School in Buckingham, works with schools across the county to develop the next generation of classroom leaders from Early Years and Special schools, all the way up to Secondary School level.

Becky Ellers is Director at the Partnership and says: 

"There's certainly not enough people wanting to come into the profession. We're not seeing numbers that we'd want coming into the training each year ... but I think it's the retention of teacher's that is a big problem as well, in that many teachers are leaving the profession after between 3 to 5 years which didn't used to happen - you used to go into for a life long career - but I think many younger teachers are now disillusioned by what they see in the profession.

That problem is now being tackled by introducing easier routes into teaching. Becky says:

There are huge incentives now to get into teaching. The bursaries actually make it very affordable to train and receive a salary whilst you're training, so some subjects carry a bursary of up to £27,000 tax free for the year. So whilst you've got to pay around £9,000 for the course, you can earn tax free around £27,000 tax free for the high demand subjects .... so actually it doesn't have to be an expensive training route.

​And there are even two year opportunities for people looking to retrain on a part time basis.

Joe Woodward moved from the shop floor to teaching physics at the Royal Latin School in Buckingham. He says it's an easier process than you might think:

"They arrange everything so that you can go in and see how the school operates, and then you can see if it's something that agrees with you ... just go into a class room, try it out and see if it's for you... It is very definitely a worthwhile career path to take."

It's hoped more people will look to follow Joe's lead and become the teachers of the future in Buckinghamshire.




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