Why Do Teachers Leave The Profession?

@TeacherToolkitIn 2010, Ross Morrison McGill founded @TeacherToolkit from a simple Twitter account through which he rapidly became the ‘most followed teacher on social media in the UK’. In 2015, he was nominated as one of the ‘500 Most Influential People in Britain’ by The Sunday… Read more about @TeacherToolkitWhy do teachers leave the classroom?It is a well know fact, that the teacher attrition rate in England is an area for concern. While the overall number of teachers has kept pace with increasing pupil numbers to date (20% for the past 20 years), it has been argued that there are growing signs of shortages, particularly in certain geographic areas and in certain subjects.Research:In June 2017, the House of Commons provided information on the recruitment and retention of teachers in England, including Government initiatives to increase teacher supply.The report found that “there is no single observable factor that can explain why teachers and leaders move to a different school, or why they leave the profession altogether, but that there are some factors that are better at predicting such moves than others.” You can read the full report here. Before you do, take a look at the list below and see if you can add another reason ‘why teachers are leaving the profession’. Reasons For Leaving:Long hoursLow payReducing budgets, pensions.Workload, planning, marking, dataExcessive detail required by school leadersToo many meetingsTarget setting teaching, reportingCurriculum and assessment reform, new initiativesLack of PPA time; arranging extra curricular eventsPerformance management, appraisal, difficulty to progress up the pay spineModeration of marking and continual cross-referencingCompleting homework, behaviour logsCommunications with parentsDuties and managing detentionsWriting policiesLack of trainingPoor behaviour – although surprisingly low at 5%.Here is the research data on page 18.Unspoken Reasons:Of course, there are thousands of reasons why teachers leave the classroom, that isn’t reported.BullyingLack of research used in school e.g still grading lessons/teachersMental health, lack of support, family reasonsOfSTED methodologyCurrent English Baccalaureate policyForced MAT takeoverRedundancy or retirementChanges to terms and conditionsSafeguarding concerns / CapabilityThe lure to work overseas or in the U.K. independent sector.What’s missing above? If you have left the classroom, add your reason ‘why’ to the comments section below.There are over 5,000 research articles on teacher attrition in England; access them here.Related

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