Last month the National Audit Office warned that a quarter of a million extra school places would be needed in England by autumn 2014.

REC Education has identified the need for more teachers in 2012 as the school system struggles to cope with present levels of demand and faces up to even greater challenges in the coming years.

In the next five years over 700,000 extra children are forecast to enter primary level education, with an additional 150,000 pupils expected to join secondary schools. Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg stated last week that an extra 15,000 teachers are needed by 2014-15 to meet this challenge.

Government are making efforts to attract more people into the profession and encourage individuals to return to the classroom. One such effort is introducing performance related pay into teaching.

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