New data has revealed that the Department for Education’s Teaching Vacancies website is failing to advertise over 55% of available positions.
As Schools Week reports, the free tool was launched in England in April 2019 in a bid to support teacher recruitment and retention. Just 10 months later and experts believe that the website has stalled.
According to analysis, the DfE scheme has constantly advertised less than 45% of jobs available since it was rolled out.
Weekly job adverts reveal that the DfE reached around 43% of total jobs available one month after being launched nationally. However the website failed to retain this level in the succeeding weeks, falling to 25% or less for three weeks in July.
The platform has been hailed as ‘disappointing’ and people have been warned to be cautious of using it as it may not produce the required return.
Yet, the DfE said that over 500,000 job-hunters have used the tool so far, with 65% of state-funded schools signed up.
Recruitment targets for secondary-school teachers haven’t been met for seven consecutive years. Only 43% of the required physics teachers were recruited for September 2016, 62% for modern foreign languages and 64% for maths.
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