Triple whammy: 'Significant' recruitment and retention challenges continue

The retention rates of NQTs and second-year teachers have continued to fall despite overall teacher retention having improved slightly.

However, England’s secondary schools continue to face “significant challenges” in recruiting and retaining teachers, an annual study has concluded.

This picture of teacher recruitment and retention in England has been outlined in the Teacher labour market in England report, which was published last week by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER).

The study covers 2018/19 – before the coronavirus pandemic – and says that the challenges of rising secondary pupil numbers, shortfalls in the number of trainee teachers, and an increasing proportion of teachers leaving the profession have not yet been beaten.

However, the report does find that the overall rate of teachers leaving state secondary schools fell from 10.4 per cent in 2017/18 to 9.9 per cent in 2018/19 – this equates to around 1,350 teachers.

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