When even the Mail Online reports that recruitment for school leadership positions is running with an impossible deficit, you know there is a real problem.
England could be facing a shortage of up to 19,000 school leaders by 2022 if action is not taken to plug the gap, it has been suggested.
Almost one in four schools across the country could be affected by a lack of headteachers, deputy heads and assistant heads, according to a report by three education leadership organisations.
It argues that an increase in pupil numbers and a rise in school leaders retiring and leaving the profession early along with increasing demand for senior staff to work at academy trusts means that more people are needed to step into top roles.
Years of pretending there are no teaching recruitment and retention problems are coming home to roost.