Over 50,000 teachers left the profession before retirement last year, the highest number for more than a decade. In 2016, the NUT called for teacher shortages to be made a priority over ‘politically motivated’ projects such as academies and free schools.
According to recent research, workload is the single biggest reason that teachers leave the profession. Apart from the human cost in terms of stress, there is also the huge financial and economic cost of replacing staff:
According to the National Union of Teachers (NUT), DfE figures reveal the number of those recruited onto Initial Teacher Training courses fell by nearly 14 per cent between 2010/11 and 2014/15. Again in 2015/16, for the third year in a row, the overall Teacher Supply Model (TSM) recruitment target was not met. These figures are a concern for the future of teaching as fewer trained staff are entering into the profession and among those that do, 4 in 10 resign within a year.