Working conditions identified as key battle in retention crisis

One in five teachers feel tense about their jobs most or all of the time, compared to 13 per cent of other professionals.

Furthermore, the retention rates of early career teachers (those between two and five years into their careers) have dropped significantly between 2012 and 2018.

The findings come from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) in its inaugural annual report on the teacher labour market.

The teacher recruitment crisis continues to hamper schools in England. Secondary schools, according to government forecasts, need 15,000 more teachers between 2018 and 2025 to cope with rising pupil numbers.

However, the report highlights continuing problems with teachers quitting the state sector and insufficient numbers signing up for initial teacher training.

The retention of early career teachers is a particular problem. The report says that from 2012 to 2017 around 87 per cent of those who entered teaching remained in the state sector after their first year. However, in 2018, this dropped to 85 per cent.
Retention rates for teachers between two and five years into their career have also dropped.

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