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Nearly A Third Of New Teachers Quit State Sector Within Five Years


Kate Rawlings, Press Officer | 0114 274 4238

Education experts at law firm Irwin Mitchell say academy trustees must do more to retain teachers after Government figures revealed that almost a third quit the classroom within five years of qualifying.

Schools minister, Nick Gibb, said that of the 21,400 who began teaching in English state schools in 2010, 30% had quit by 2015.

In his written parliamentary answer to a question by Liberal Democrat MP Greg Mulholland, the schools minister stated that more 13% of newly qualified teachers left after a year of teaching, meaning 87% continued to work in the classroom.

The government claims it is a proportion largely unchanged over the last twenty years.

That figure fell to 82% after two years in profession, 77% after three years, 73% after four years and 70% after five years.

Teachers’ leaders said the figures were the result of excessive workloads, demanding assessments and constant changes within the education sector, such as new policies on academisation, which are all factors causing teachers to leave the profession.

Expert Opinion
The new governance structures around academies drive change and while everyone wants that to be positive, we see risks too, and the sector needs to work hard to keep everyone on board.

Newly-independent academy schools require strong management to inspire students and teachers and create the right ethos.

Ultimately the responsibility for culture and teacher retention lies with the academy trustees, and we are starting to see the system straining in places where there are misunderstandings around roles and responsibilities.
Laurence Gavin, Partner