State of Education survey report 2016 - Page 31

Why are teachers leaving their schools? What governors think We know that some schools are facing a shortage of teachers, and findings from the NAO4 show that the recorded rate of vacancies and temporarily-filled positions doubled between 2011 and 2014 (from 0.5% of the teaching workforce to 1.2%). Yet the NAO says that the overall number of teachers has kept pace with changing pupil numbers, and the retention of newly-qualified teachers has been stable. Almost a third (30%) of governors think their school is facing a shortage of teachers. When we asked what roles governors were most concerned about recruiting for over the next 12-24 months, ‘classroom teachers' (44%) came out on top. More than four in 10 (46%) governoring bodies have worked with other schools to provide developmental opportunities that may help to retain teaching staff, and one in five (21%) has offered opportunities/secondments in other departments. So where are teachers going? Are they leaving the profession? We asked school leaders to identify the three main reasons teachers leave their school, choosing from 12 options. According to almost half (47%) of school leaders, one of the main reasons teachers leave is to take up a job offer at another school. Inability to cope with the workload also ranked highly, selected by more than four in 10 (42%) leaders, followed by retirement (32%). Moving between schools is more prevalent in the secondary phase, with more than six in 10 (61%) secondary school leaders citing this as one of the three main reasons their teachers leave their posts, compared to around four in 10 (44%) primary school leaders. Teachers in secondary schools also seem more likely to leave their post to retire than those in primary schools (44% and 29% respectively). Interestingly, a change of profession comes low down the list of reasons why teachers are leaving their posts: just over one in 10 (13%) school leaders believes this to be one of the main motivations. Which, if any, of the following steps has your governing body taken to retain teaching staff? Worked with other schools to provide developmental opportunities 46% Offered opportunities/ secondments in other departments 21% 19% None of these 18% Offered flexible working 15% Increased pay Provided non-monetary rewards and incentives 14% 13% N/A 12% Changed marking policies 11% Other Our findings suggest a profession that is more mobile and seeking better opportunities: although we didn’t include it as an option on our list, many school leaders commented that getting a promotion at another school was the main reason teachers are moving on. 4 NAO – Join the debate @TheKeySupport 8% Provided social opportunities 7% Reduced paperwork Reduced teaching hours Introduced limits on working time 5% 2% State of Education Survey 2016 | 31