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Teachers: Resignations

Department for Education written question – answered on 11th December 2017.

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Photo of Helen Jones Helen Jones Chair, Petitions Committee, Chair, Petitions Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department holds on the reasons for teachers leaving the profession; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

We have identified the most important factors that influence the decisions of those teachers who do decide to leave the profession. We are working to tackle these. This includes, for example, our Workload Action Plan and encouraging schools to provide more flexible working arrangements.

The Department has recently conducted a review of the evidence of the factors which cause teachers to leave the profession, as well as analyses of administrative data to explore geographical factors, school characteristics and teacher characteristics that predict whether a teacher remained within or left the profession. The full findings for this can be found respectively in the Department’s Teachers analysis compendium 2 (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/643974/SFR86_2017_Main_Text.pdf) and Analysis of teacher supply, retention and mobility (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/615729/SFR33_2017_Text.pdf).

Analyses have found that there is no single observable factor that can explain why teachers leave the profession, and that there are a wide range of factors affecting decisions.

National and international evidence shows that the decision to leave teaching is a complex one influenced by numerous professional and personal factors – ranging from working conditions (in particular workload), school situation and pay, to a desire for a new challenge and personal reasons.

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