UK schools facing £2.5 billion shortfall in talent solutions
British schools are facing a shortfall of £2,5 billion in talent talent solutions after the government unveiled a new programme to help schools.
It is the first time the Government has announced a fund to help staff, but has said it will be a “significant investment” and “fundamental change”.
The UK has more than 7,000 schools and 1,000 academies, and some schools are struggling to recruit new teachers due to a lack of qualified staff.
It said that of the £2 billion it has announced to help teachers, it will provide £3 billion to support staff in the short term.
This money will help the UK’s schools meet the needs of teachers who are being left behind by the economic downturn.
It has also set aside £2 million for new talent centres, and £500,000 for a new talent and learning support fund for schools.
The new £2bn fund will be used for talent and talent-related programmes, which will include recruiting, training and supporting teachers in the next three years.
It will be administered by the Department for International Development (DFID), and it will fund a new school talent and development fund of £500 million over three years, to be used to support teachers and staff.
“The Government is committed to ensuring that schools have the skills and training they need to deliver on their national education objectives, and this new fund is a fundamental change in the way we invest in our schools and the skills of our teachers,” Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said in a statement.
“It is a significant investment for schools, but it will also create an additional 2,500 new teachers in our school system, and create a significant increase in the number of people who can access the skills they need.”
The new scheme will support 1,200 teachers, including new teachers and those on leave.
Schools in England will be able to apply to the new fund, and there will be incentives for those who apply to be funded in the same year.
The fund will also provide a new funding support fund to support more staff, including teachers on leave, as well as supporting the establishment of new school-based learning centres.
In addition, it aims to increase the number and number of schools that have a workforce development scheme, which means teachers on call are not automatically paid the same as those who are working full time.
The government will also set up an academy development fund to fund the creation of more talent-focused, career-focused learning centres, with an extra £200 million for teachers.
It aims to create a “world class” school of learning that will provide a “life-changing” education for all pupils and staff, and to help create new learning opportunities for young people in the workforce.
The education secretary said the government would also provide funding for schools to make their facilities more flexible, to provide new pathways for young students, and for local authorities to make school spaces more open and welcoming to staff and students.
“These investments will deliver the UK a world class school of teaching and learning, with a world-class talent and technology base that will help our young people thrive in the 21st century and to deliver a better future for our children,” Ms Morgan said.
The announcement comes on the back of a dramatic rise in demand for teachers, with more than 700,000 new teachers coming into the workforce in the first nine months of this year.