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Harrow struggles more than anywhere else in England to hire full-time teachers

A strong link was found between the level of deprivation and teacher vacancies in primary schools

Teacher vacancy levels are high in west London, especially Harrow borough(Image: PA)

West London schools are among the most likely to be struggling to recruit permanent staff - and Harrow tops the list for the entire country.

One in 17 full-time teaching posts were either vacant or only filled with temporary staff in the London Borough of Harrow at the end of last year, research by the BBC revealed.

Overall, there were three unfilled posts and 54 (5.4%) filled with temporary staff in Harrow at the end of last year.

But Harrow was not the only borough to have high rates of vacant or temporarily filled posts in west London.

In Ealing, 3.6% posts are vacant or filled with temporary staff, while this is 3.3% in Westminster, 3.2% in Hillingdon, and 1.8% in Hounslow.

In secondary schools in Ealing, 3.2% of teaching posts were either vacant or temporarily filled at the end of last year, again one of the highest rates in England and Wales.

This included 0.3% of posts that were vacant, a total of three, and 2.9% of teaching posts that were temporarily filled, 32 in total.

Other parts of west London with high vacancy or temporarily filled secondary school rates were Hillingdon, 3.2%, Harrow, 2%, Kensington and Chelsea, 1.9%, and Westminster, 1.8%.

Geography, Biology and history were the only secondary school subjects that exceeded their recruitment targets(Image: PA Photo/thinkstockphotos)

Brent has seen the overall numbers of vacancies in both primary and secondary schools grow from two in 2014 to nine in 2016, while numbers were down from six to two in Westminster.

Across English primary schools, around 0.2% of teaching posts were vacant, while just under 1% of posts were temporarily filled.

That works out at 394 posts vacant and 1,624 posts temporarily filled.

Deprivation levels and teacher vacancies are linked

There is a strong relationship between the level of deprivation and teacher vacancies in primary schools in England.

The vacancy rate in schools in the 20% most deprived areas in the country was more than twice as high as schools in the least deprived.

There is also a relationship between levels of deprivation and temporary filled posts in secondary schools.

However, there does not appear to be a correlation between secondary school vacancy rates and deprivation.

Research found a strong relationship between the level of deprivation and teacher vacancies in primary schools(Image: South Wales Echo)

And the BBC did not find a correlation between levels of deprivation and vacancy rates in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

Across English secondary schools, some 0.25% (one in 400) of teaching posts were vacant, while 0.84% (almost one in 120) were temporarily filled.

That works out at 412 vacant teaching posts and 1,227 posts filled on a temporary basis.

Geography, biology and history were the only secondary school subjects that exceeded their recruitment targets.

The BBC analysed school workforce statistics for England for 2014-16, which is based on data collected from schools as a snapshot in November 2016 as part of the annual school census. It does not include independent schools or sixth form colleges.

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