East Riding school switch down to teacher shortage

Published: Thursday 7th January 2016 by The News Editor

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Pupils at an East Riding village primary school are having to be driven elsewhere for some lessons during the day because of teacher shortages, according to the BBC.

Easington Primary Academy’s children are being transported 6.2 miles (9.9km) to nearby Patrington village in the mornings for numeracy and literacy classes.

The Year 6 and 5 children will make the 12-minute journey back in the afternoon from Patrington Primary Academy’s premises.

Easington school officials say the switch is down to not being able to replace one of its long-term supply staff who surprised them by leaving early.

Parents can attend a meeting later in January to be updated on how the crossover is progressing.

Head teachers’ unions have warned that the Easington situation is indicative of the teacher shortage “crisis” across Britain.

But a Department for Education spokeswoman said: “It is simply not true that there is a shortage of primary school teachers.”

The William Temple Academy Trust, which covers both the Easington and Patrington schools, said: “We hope that being taught by the class teachers at Patrington will provide more consistency for the pupils than a succession of supply teachers for a couple of weeks at a time.”

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Published: Thursday 7th January 2016 by The News Editor

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