What Factors Affecting Retention Matter Most to Teachers?


Apr 5, 2021

A schoolgirl works through a textbook with her teacher in elementary class, in Hexham, Northumberland, photo by SolStock/Getty Images

Photo by SolStock/Getty Images

This commentary originally appeared on Schools Week on April 5, 2021.

Maintaining an adequate supply of teachers is a challenge and an area of significant concern. Of the teachers who qualified in 2014, only 67.4 per cent remained in service after five years, according to a School Workforce in England (2020) report.

The House of Commons (PDF) stated that the number of secondary school teachers has been falling since 2010 and the number of teachers leaving for reasons other than retirement has been increasing since 2012. These dwindling numbers become more concerning given the fact that the number of pupils is rising, and is expected to keep rising in the future, and the number of teachers being trained is insufficient. The combination of these factors has placed increased pressure on teacher supply.…

The remainder of this commentary is available at schoolsweek.co.uk.

Hui Lu is a senior analyst and Peter Burge is operations director at RAND Europe.