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The U.K. May Look to Jamaica Once Again to Fill Worsening Teacher Shortage


The teacher shortage in the United Kingdom appears to be worsening based on the latest figures published this week. There were 800 more vacancies advertised in 2019 when compared to 2018. 
The 800 new vacancies are apparently not as a result of new positions being created, but as a result of schools having difficulties filling existing positions. The country has been experiencing teacher shortage for some time now and the latest figures not only suggests the crisis continues, but also that it is getting worse.
The UK has historically sought teachers from overseas to fill these vacancies and it is being suggested that, this is likely to intensify in the coming 12-24 months. Teachers are usually recruited from Europe, Australia and the Caribbean amongst other places; however, with the UK leaving the European Union on January 31, 2020 we are likely to see this impacting recruitment from Europe. 


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