The number of teaching and leadership vacancies at secondary schools has jumped two thirds compared to this time in 2019, the TES reports.
The news, based on new TeachVac data on jobs advertising, comes after schools continued recruiting much later into the summer than usual this year, following 12 months of high vacancy levels.
Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “Teachers and leaders are being asked by the government to do more for less, and that is clearly an unsustainable situation. The government must work with the education sector to address this situation as a matter of urgency.”
In April, TeachVac data seen by TES revealed that secondary school classroom teacher vacancies were at their highest level in at least five years.
Now, analysis of new TeachVac data reveals an increase in the number of secondary vacancies at the start of the new school year.
The number of vacancies covering headteacher, teacher, deputy headteacher, promoted and assistant headteacher posts recorded between 1 and 13 September 2022 was 1,483 – a 62 per cent increase from the 918 recorded over the same time period in 2019.