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Teacher recruitment crisis.

Teacher recruitment crisis.

The teacher recruitment crisis has got so bad that schools reliant on supply staff should receive an “idiot’s guide” to ensure teachers “can’t go wrong”, a former Ofsted chief has said.

Sir Michael Wilshaw said the government had its “head in the sand” when it came to the recruitment crisis and insisted that such radical action was needed because “we’re never going to have enough teachers”.

Speaking exclusively to Tes, he said: “I’ve thought for some time that the teacher shortage issue is not going to go away. Those deficits need to be compensated in some way.

“We’re never going to have enough teachers, we’re never going to have enough specialists, [so] we’ve got to design a system where we can ensure that infrastructure is so tight, that even a supply teacher, even a temporary member of staff, even a newly qualified teacher can hit the ground running.

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