Teachers quit soon after qualifying, figures show
Almost a quarter of the teachers who have qualified since 2011 have left the profession, according to official figures that have prompted further concerns about the pressures on the vocation. Of those who qualified in 2011, 31% had quit within five years of becoming teachers, the figures show.
The official rate of dropouts from the profession was published as the government confirmed on Monday that it would not be relaxing the 1% cap been placed on teachers’ pay until 2020, despite pressure to do so.
Analysis of official figures shows that more than 27,500 teachers who trained between 2011 and 2015 had already left the job by last year. It means that just over 23% of about 117,000 teachers who qualified over the period have left. The figures follow complaints by Tory MPs that the schools budget needs to be increased. Justine Greening, the education secretary, is known to be sympathetic to both relaxing the pay cap and increasing spending on schools.
Angela Rayner, the shadow education secretary, who uncovered the figures, said they highlighted the “sheer scale of the crisis that the Tories have created in teacher recruitment and retention”.
The Department for Education said the rate of teachers leaving after just a year had remained stable for decades. A spokesman said: “Teaching remains an attractive career and the latest statistics show around 90% of teachers continue in the profession following their first year of teaching – this has been the case since 1996. The number of former teachers coming back to the classroom has also risen significantly – from 13,090 in 2011 to 14,200 in 2016.”
Recent analysis by the Education Policy Institute found teachers in England are working longer hours on average than in most other countries. Full-time teachers in England reported working 48.2 hours a week on average. It was 19% longer than the average elsewhere of 40.6 hours.