Schools’ expenditure on teacher training in the UK has fallen for the 1st time this decade despite the profession having a major retention problem, research finds.
Analysis requested by the education charity Teacher Development Trust, established that budgets for teacher training have reduced by and eight or 12% in secondary schools and 7 per cent in primary schools.
Across the UK investment in continuing professional development varies massively from county to county.
Lets look at a school in Bury. They allocate less than £165 per teacher but secondary schools in Barking and Dagenham allocate 5X that amount of money on teacher training.
Other schools starved of funds have cut spending on books, pens , paper , computers and other L & D resources in an effort to try and fund training for teachers, the research found.
John Collier, director of teaching and learning for St. Bart’s Academy Trust in Stoke-on-Trent, has cut back on stationery and books to fund teacher development. He warned: “If funding continues to get tighter, we’ll struggle to fund professional development at the current levels.”
David Weston, CEO of the Teacher Development Trust said: “Schools are facing significant funding issues, which are forcing them to spend less on CPD for teachers. This is a great concern, particularly at a time when teacher retention and job satisfaction are big issues.
“We know that CPD is linked to improved results for pupils, plus better staff morale and retention.
“Funding pressures are clearly showing on schools – first they’ve been cutting glue sticks and computers and now headteachers are having to cut investment in staff.”
Teacher’s Unions are up in arms about this, they point out that there is more teachers leaving the profession than entering it and at the end of the day it is students who will suffer.
For more information on this check out his article on Teacher Training in The Independent newspaper