Today’s headline with opening text is:
‘More than 1,000 teachers under 40 quit the profession. MORE than a thousand teachers under the age of 40 have quit the profession in the past two years fuelling Scotland’s school recruitment crisis. Official figures show 649 teachers between the ages of 21 and 40 dropped off the teaching register in 2018 – while 641 left the previous year.’
So, it’s only 649 in the last year but ‘more than 1 000’ makes a ‘better’ headline, eh? However, is 649 a lot or not a lot? The Herald goes on to suggest a staffing crisis.
There were 51 513 teachers in Scottish schools last year.
I don’t know how many were aged 40 and under, but 649 is only 1.25% of the total. If half of teachers are 40 or under, then it would still be only 2.5%. Would that make a crisis?
Anyway, how does the number of teachers per capita in Scotland compare with that in, say, England? There were 51 513 teacher FTEs in Scotland last year and 457 300 thousand FTEs in England:
So, Scotland has 10% of the population but 11.3% of the teachers.
Finally, how do the pupil teacher ratios compare? From the same sources, we get 13.6 to 1 in Scotland, 15 to one in English secondaries and 20 to 1 in primaries. So, not surprisingly, Scotland has a better pupil teacher ratio
Crisis what crisis?