Two-thirds of school leaders believe teacher recruitment crisis will deepen over next two years

And that when asked to name the five biggest challenges facing the education sector, 70 per cent chose teacher recruitment and retention – second only to funding – and almost double the number that cited government policy, in third place.

The findings come in a survey conducted by the Academies Show with support and analysis by an independent research consultant, Mark Gill.

Asked whether they expected their ability to recruit the right teachers would improve or decline in their school over the next two years, 41 per cent said it would “decline a lot”, with 28 per cent saying “decline a little”.

John Howson, teacher recruitment expert and chair of TeachVac, said the number of people training to be primary teachers was in line with the level of need predicted by the government, but the situation in the secondary sector was bleaker.

He told Tes: “I’m seriously concerned that recruitment in 2018 will be much worse in the secondary sector than last year, and as the number of pupils is going up, I think heads are absolutely right that it’s going to be a problem next year.”

The survey findings come after the Department for Education announced 25 areas across England that will run a pilot scheme to reimburse student loan repayments for modern foreign language and science teachers early in their careers.

The survey was conducted among senior leadership team members in maintained schools and academies across England. About 650 respondents took part in the online survey in September and October 2017 from email invitations sent by The Academies Show. The overall results are weighted to the approximate proportion of maintained schools and academies.