Teaching numbers on the up, but not in London

New
figures show the biggest increase in teaching staff numbers for 20 years.

The
Government has claimed credit for beginning to turn around the shortage but
there are still nearly 4,500 official teacher vacancies across the country,
with more than 1,300 in London.

The
figures only count posts vacant for more than a term.

The
figures, released by Official Statistics, show a 2.3 per cent increase in the
number of teachers in schools in England in the year to January, up 9,400 to
419,600.

This
is the single biggest annual increase in more than 20 years.

In
London, the increase was 0.6 per cent to 62,100 full-time staff.

By Quentin Reade

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