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Graduate teachers avoiding head positions
Friday, 31 August 2007
The shortage of teaching staff, and graduates taking up positions in schools, has worsened with the revelation that there is a shortage of head teachers.
A study conducted by Education Data Surveys (EDS) reveals how the shortage is hitting primary schools the hardest, with more than a third of the establishments advertising vacancies unable to fill them between September 2006 and March this year.
It is thought that the reason for the lack of candidates could be the high pressure of the position but Professor John Howson, of EDS, claims that the problem could be pay. He told the BBC: "The salary has to go up to attract the more marginal candidates to the job."
The study claims that 35 per cent of primary and 19 per cent of secondary schools were unsuccessful in filling their head teacher vacancies.
Earlier this year, The National Association of Head Teachers warned that there may be a massive shortage of head teachers in Wales, with two-thirds of current heads due to retire over the next ten years.