Almost a quarter of teachers who have qualified since 2011 have left profession

Mənbə: The Guardian

Almost a quarter of the teachers who have qualified since 2011 have already left the profession, according to official figures that have prompted further concerns about the pressures on the profession.

Of those who qualified in 2011 alone, 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 came under pressure to relax the 1% pay cap that has been placed on teachers’ pay until 2020.

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 overall schools budget is too small and needs to be increased.

Justine Greening, the education secretary, is known to be sympathetic to both relaxing the pay cap and increasing public spending on schools, but is one of a series of cabinet ministers making spending demands on Philip Hammond, the chancellor.

Angela Rayner, the shadow education secretary, who uncovered the figures showing the number of teachers leaving the profession, said they highlighted the “sheer scale of the crisis that the Tories have created in teacher recruitment and retention”.

“Teachers are leaving our classrooms in record numbers, and the crisis is getting worse year after year. We are now at the point that more teachers are leaving than staying,” she said. “The government has serious questions to answer on the impact of their policies such as the continued cap on public sector pay, and their failure to tackle the issues like excessive workload that affect teachers in the classroom.

“It is time that ministers finally admitted that we are at a crisis point, and came up with a proper plan of action to deal with it.”

The Department for Education said the rate of teachers leaving after just a year had remained stable for decades, adding that some teachers were returning to the classroom after quitting.

A spokesman said: “Teaching remains an attractive career and the latest statistics show that 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.

“We are actively addressing the issues that teachers cite as reasons for leaving the profession, for example by supporting schools to reduce unnecessary workload and improving behaviour management training for new teachers. Teachers play a hugely important role in our society, providing education and guidance for future generations.”

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, including evenings and weekends.

It was 19% longer than the average elsewhere of 40.6 hours. Only Japan and Alberta reported longer average working hours than teachers in England.

The analysis found that half of full-time teachers work between 40 and 58 hours, while a fifth of teachers work 60 hours or more.

Teaching unions have been urging ministers to lift the pay cap. They also want to make it cheaper for teachers to train and to introduce measures to encourage teachers to stay in post in areas with significant recruitment problems. Oxunub (103) dəfə

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