As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has condemned the Government's 'appalling mismanagement' of the education system, which is leading to more teachers leaving the profession. Figures obtained by the Barnsley Chronicle showed that 53 primary schools and seven secondary schools spent nearly £3 million plugging shortages in staff.
Commenting, Michael said:
"These figures are evidence of the Government's failure to meet national targets for teacher recruitment and its complete failure to retain those already in the profession. Despite the efforts of our dedicated teachers and teaching assistants in Barnsley, many schools are forced to reply on temporary staff at a cost of £2.8m to taxpayers.
"It is the appalling mismanagement of government ministers that have put local schools in this situation. A fewer choose teaching as a profession, government spending cutbacks have understandably increased the pressure on teachers and many have chosen to leave their jobs".