16 May 2017
Commenting on an analysis by the NFER, based on 2010/15 data, which shows that the proportion of teachers leaving the profession is as much as 1 in 10 for academic subjects such as science, maths and languages, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:
“Too many teachers feel overworked and undervalued - and growing numbers are leaving. Ministers remain in denial, and the problems of staffing are worsening year on year. Of the 21,400 teachers who started working in English state schools in 2010, over 6400 (30%) had quit by 2015. And for the fourth year in succession, targets for teacher training take-up have not been met.
“The solution is clear. Stop denigrating the workforce and worsening their conditions via long working hours, depressed pay, and vanishing resources. These damage both recruitment and retention. Whichever party is elected on June 8 must make clear their intentions to improve the lot of teachers, with real solutions for workload, pay and the growing hole in school budgets.”