The Green Party has blamed the shortage of maths teachers in Brighton and Hove on the government’s education policies.
The party described the situation as a crisis and said that the government was jeopardising the wellbeing of teachers and children.
It made the claims as Brighton and Hove City Council published a report stating that head teachers were finding it “more difficult” to recruit maths teachers.
The report said that “more teachers were leaving the profession because of workload and pressure”.
Greens councillors blamed the teacher shortages on the government’s failure to listen to teachers, parents and young people about the impact of endless testing on their wellbeing.
The Greens also claimed that the “ideological obsession” of the Conservative Party with academy schools has “blinded” them to the impact of their schools policy on teachers and students.
Councillor Alex Phillips, who speaks for the Greens on children and young people on the council, said: “The current recruitment crisis affecting schools is the symptom of a national government which is blinded by an ideological zeal to privatise our education system.
“The government refuses to listen to the nation’s teachers, parents and young people, cutting funding and pushing schools to become academies while children and teachers suffer.
“Teachers are increasingly placed under excessive strain by a government that seeks to micro-manage their performance, continually adding new administrative burdens as assessment standards chop and change.
“A recent 2014 NUT survey showed that two thirds of teachers (63 per cent) said that more than a fifth of their workload does not directly benefit children’s learning.
“Meanwhile, children are facing stress and emotional problems from being subjected to endless tests and are being deprived of a well-rounded education as our schools are turned into little more than exam factories.
“The Green Party believes in a child-centred approach to learning which builds on the skills, interests and needs of each individual child.
“We need to put our faith in teachers to use their skills to inspire and encourage genuine learning and self-improvement.”