A headteacher from Havering is heading to Australia to recruit teachers because the borough's schools can't find enough in the UK.

The population of the east London borough has increased rapidly over the last decade.

So one of the principals is going to Australia next month to encourage teachers to apply for jobs.

Stuart McLaughlin, Principal of Bower Park Academy in Romford, needs English, maths and science teachers most.

Australia has a surplus of teachers and successful candidates will be asked to live with local families to help them to integrate into school and community life.

Stuart McLaughlin, Principal of Bower Park Academy

In some subjects in particular it's really difficult to recruit in this part of London.

Stuart McLaughlin, Principal of Bower Park Academy

Our schools have reported that it's getting harder to attract the right candidates, so earlier this year we also launched a campaign to promote Havering as a great place to live and work.

Councillor Damian White, leader of Havering Council