The Campaign for Science and Engineering (Case) claims that the government is failing to recognise and address the seriousness of the science teacher shortage in England's schools. Ministers claim that 7,500 science teachers were hired in a single year, but Case say this claim is misleading because it includes those teaching many more subjects than physics, chemistry, biology and maths.
A spokesman for the Department for Education and Skills said that £30m would be spent over the next two years to help recruit 3,000 extra science teachers and encourage more young people to study the sciences.
Some good news then. My personal experience with secondary science teachers during the last few years is that we need to be concerned about the quality as well as the numbers.