August 25, 2023

Solving the Teacher Shortage Crisis

A shadow over education

The teacher shortage crisis has cast a shadow over the education sector for years, leaving Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) grappling with the challenge of maintaining quality education. However, amid this adversity lies a solution that promises to not only address the shortage but also elevate the standard of teaching within MATs. Welcome to the era of teacher apprenticeships – an innovative approach that allows MATs to access a goldmine of teaching talent and reshape the future of education.

MATs have long been on the front lines of the battle against the teacher shortage crisis. The struggle to find experienced and qualified teachers is a daunting one, often resulting in compromised classroom quality and overstretched staff. But what if there was a way to tap into a wellspring of passionate individuals who are eager to embark on a teaching career within your MAT? This is where teacher apprenticeships step in, offering a transformative solution that not only fills vacancies but also cultivates a pipeline of skilled and dedicated teachers.

Teacher Apprenticeships

Best Practice Network’s Teacher Apprenticeship  stands at the forefront of this revolution, presenting MAT leaders with an opportunity to address the teacher shortage crisis head-on. The programme provides a unique platform for MATs to harness untapped potential, nurturing aspiring teachers into accomplished teachers who align with the ethos and values of the institution.

The essence of the teacher apprenticeship model lies in its comprehensive approach. Apprentice teachers are immersed in the day-to-day realities of the classroom, gaining valuable hands-on experience under the mentorship of seasoned teachers. This approach not only bridges the experience gap but also ensures that apprentice teachers are well-prepared to step into full teaching roles with confidence and competence.

However, the benefits extend far beyond mere recruitment. By embracing teacher apprenticeships, MATs open the door to a strategic investment in their teaching staff. The apprentice teachers’ journey is guided by expert mentorship, customised professional development, and ongoing support. This investment doesn’t just solve the immediate crisis; it creates a sustainable solution that contributes to the growth and success of the MAT over the long term.

What sets teacher apprenticeships apart is their ability to cater to MATs’ unique needs and priorities. Unlike traditional recruitment, this approach allows MAT leaders to shape the very teachers who will play a pivotal role in their institutions. The apprentice teachers become an integral part of the MAT’s fabric, embodying its values and contributing to its growth.

In a landscape where the shortage of teachers threatens the quality of education, the time has come for MAT leaders to take a proactive stance. The teacher shortage crisis is not insurmountable; it’s an opportunity to explore innovative avenues for growth. By embracing teacher apprenticeships, MATs not only bridge the gap in staffing but also elevate the standard of education they provide.


It’s crucial to recognise that the success of teacher apprenticeships hinges on collaboration. MAT leaders, teachers, and the apprentices themselves work together to create an ecosystem of learning, growth, and development. This collaborative effort not only addresses the shortage of teachers but also transforms apprentices into teachers who are equipped to navigate the complexities of modern education.

The teacher shortage crisis need not be a hurdle that holds back MATs’ progress. With teacher apprenticeships, the potential for growth and transformation is vast. Best Practice Network’s Teacher Apprenticeship offers a blueprint for change, enabling MATs to access a goldmine of teaching talent that can revolutionise the education landscape.

As MAT leaders navigate the challenges of the education sector, they hold the power to turn the tide of the teacher shortage crisis. By embracing teacher apprenticeships, they embark on a journey that not only solves immediate staffing challenges but also lays the foundation for a brighter, more sustainable future. The goldmine of teaching talent is waiting to be unearthed – it’s time for MATs to take the lead and shape the future of education.

I am passionate about this new fee-free route into teaching and encourage all schools and MATs to consider offering Teacher Apprenticeships. It is a great way to grow your teaching workforce and to improve the quality of education for your students.

Chris Ludlow is the Head of Partnerships at Best Practice Network and is passionate about supporting
schools to recruit the next generation of teachers. Chris can be contacted at or you can book a call by visiting this link.

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