Eleanor Busby quotes Sir Peter Lampl on the Sutton Trust’s The Recruitment Gap research.

One in five teachers said nothing would persuade them to apply for a job at a low-performing disadvantaged school, research says.

State schools in deprived areas are more likely to struggle to fill teacher vacancies which has a knock-on effect on the quality of teaching that pupils receive, a report from Sutton Trust suggests.

More than four in five (85 per cent) of teachers in the most disadvantaged state schools say recruitment issues are affecting the education quality in their school, compared to just 55 per cent of teachers in private secondary schools, according to report.

Nearly three in five (58 per cent) of teachers in schools with high numbers of disadvantaged pupils say they are uncertain about the school’s ability to find suitable teachers, compared to 11 per cent of teachers in private schools, the survey shows.


Sir Peter Lampl, founder and executive chairman of the Sutton Trust, said: “Recruiting and retaining top-quality teachers is the biggest challenge our schools face.

“And, as our research shows, it is disadvantaged schools that are most affected by the lack of high-quality teachers.”


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