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Another year and another 40,000 teachers quit the chalkface

For the second year running, almost 40,000 teachers have quit the profession.
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The latest workforce figures from the Department for Education (DfE, 2024a) show that the retention crisis is not abating.

The most recent figures covering 2022/23 show that 39,971 teachers left state-funded teaching for reasons other than retirement – or 8.8% of the workforce.

It comes after 39,597 teachers similarly quit the chalkface in 2021/22 (equating to 8.7% of the workforce).

Add to this those teachers who retired or died, it means that in a period of two years we have lost more than 87,000 teachers.

While the latest figures show that 44,002 teachers entered the profession in 2022/23, this was 3,900 fewer than entered teaching in 2022.

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