of the largest education authorities in the country has warned the Government
that it might have to introduce a four-day week at some of its schools because
of a teacher recruitment crisis.
Lincoln, director of learning services for Essex County Council, has written to
Education Secretary David Blunkett warning him that a shortage of trained
teachers has left schools in the county dangerously short staffed.
Lincoln stated that there was a heavy reliance on temporary teachers in the
county’s schools, but even these were hard to find.
said that teachers were being employed who would not have even been short-listed
for positions two years ago.
Barnett, a spokesman for Essex County Council, said, "We cannot guarantee
we will maintain full-time education in all our schools. At any time one of our
schools is going to be hit by influenza and might not have the teaching
resources to cope."