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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Teacher Retention and Turnover Research: Interim Report | The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER)


New NFER research recommends that policymakers urgently look at identifying ways in which more and better part-time working can be accommodated in secondary schools. The ‘Teacher Retention and Turnover Research' interim report, published on Tuesday, suggests greater flexibility may help to retain current teachers and attract former teachers back into the profession.

Recruiting and retaining enough teachers to serve growing numbers of pupils is one of the key challenges currently facing England’s education system. This interim report is the latest paper in a programme of major research funded by the Nuffield Foundation to gain a deeper understanding of the dynamics within the teaching workforce in England.

Jack Worth, Giulia DeLazzari and Jude Hillary
Research Report, October 2017 

Using data from the School Workforce Census, the report explores factors associated with teacher retention and turnover and offers recommendations for policymakers with an emphasis on retention.

Key findings and recommendations from the report include:
  • The Government and stakeholders in the secondary sector need to urgently look at ways of accommodating more part-time working in secondary schools to help alleviate teacher supply challenges in these schools across England.
  • The Government should explore why the rate at which older teachers have been leaving the profession increased between 2010 and 2015 and explore whether they could be incentivised to stay in the profession longer, particularly in subjects with specialist teacher shortages.
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Additional resources  
Worth, J., De Lazzari, G., and Hillary, J. (2017). Teacher Retention and Turnover Research: Interim Report. Slough: NFER.

Jack Worth discusses key findings from the latest Teacher Retention and Turnover Research
 

Source: The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) and NFERTV channel (YouTube)


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