Plug the skills gap or risk leaking future talent
Imagine starting your teaching career by spending months away from the classroom. That's what many of the 2019/20 and 2020/21 cohorts of trainee and first year teachers have experienced.
A Royal Society of Chemistry survey was conducted in the UK in April 2021. Of all respondents, 179 were trainee chemistry teachers and 80 were first year chemistry teachers. Their responses provided new insights into the impact of COVID-19 on teacher training which are cause for concern.
In our report, The future of practical science lessons, we sound the alarm on the potential long-term impact of the lost learning opportunities that trainee and first year teachers have experienced. It has ramifications not only for the teachers and their teaching, but for school students, undergraduates and the economy, if we don’t bridge the skills gap for this group of teachers.