Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Half of Staff 'Have Considered Quitting'

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Half of Staff 'Have Considered Quitting'

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Workload is the main cause of desire to leave the profession

More than half of teachers have thought of quitting the profession in the past six months, according to research published today.

The YouGov poll of 1,000 teachers finds that 59 per cent have considered leaving. Workload is the most common reason, cited by 76 per cent.

Other reasons include poor school leadership (43 per cent) and teachers feeling they are not paid enough (43 per cent).

Loic Menzies, director of education thinktank LKMco, which commissioned the survey, said: "A perfect storm is coming up around teacher shortages. There is an increasing school-age population, a fragmented training system in initial teacher training and people's frustration with workload.

"If we could keep more people, and not just keep them longer but keep them motivated and loving their jobs, then a lot of the problem would be solved."

The findings come amid concerns about a teacher recruitment crisis in England. The latest Department for Education statistics show that in November 2014 there were 1,030 unfilled vacancies in schools and 3,210 temporarily filled posts.

And recent Ucas figures show that many subjects had not hit their allocated teacher training places by mid September, with only 54 per cent of modern foreign language places and 43 per cent of design and technology places filled.

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