Under the Tories teacher numbers have fallen by almost 500 in the North East and 74 in Cumbria in the last year alone.
Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, commenting on the number of teachers declining for the first time in over six years, said:
“These appalling statistics are a direct result of this Tory government’s failure to give hard-working teachers the support they need. Ministers have admitted that their policies have left teachers thousands of pounds worse off in real terms, yet teachers’ workloads continue to skyrocket, driving teachers out of our classrooms.
“As vacancies continue to rise, schools will be left with no choice but spending more and more on supply agencies, which are costing schools hundreds of millions of pounds a year because of this Government’s failure to recruit the teachers we need.
“The Government must act urgently to end the crisis they have created in teacher recruitment and retention. They can do this by listening to Labour, and ensuring that there is new money from the Treasury to fund the pay rise our teachers have long deserved.”