Recruitment and Retention

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Credible research and information about teacher recruitment and retention can be found on this page, with the newest at the top. Know of any other good ones? Let us know on our Suggest a Resource page.


Teacher Workforce Dynamics in England NFER October 2018 

Supporting early career teachers: reducing teacher workload DfE July 2018

Reducing workload in your school DfE July 2018 

Factors affecting teacher retention: qualitative investigation DfE March 2018

Keeping Your Head: NFER Analysis of Headteacher Retention April 2017

Teacher recruitment and retention: The Talent Challenge April 2017

Engaging teachers: NFER analysis of teacher retention September 2016

Hello baby, goodbye teaching: how to get mums back into the classroom March 2016


Should I stay or should I go? NFER analysis of teachers joining and leaving the profession November 2015

The issues relating to teacher supply are complex. This report seeks to explore and reconcile the messages from different data sources, and includes an analysis of the Labour Force Survey. Our analysis tracks teachers based on actual job moves rather than stated intentions, and provides new insights into the nature of the current teacher supply challenge. 

NUT YouGov Survey October 2015

A widely quoted survey showing that 53% of teachers are thinking of leaving the teaching profession in the next two years. The full data tables can be accessed from the link at the bottom of the page.

NUT Edufacts Teacher Recruitment and Retention July 2015 

Full Fact July 2015

Do 40% of new teachers in England leave within a year?


School Workforce Data (England) November 2014

Statistics on the size and characteristics of the schools workforce in state-funded schools from the DFE. 

UKEdMag: Careers when Leaving Teaching Feb 2014

A word of caution on this one, this is as a result of a poll on a website rather than a research project. Sill interesting though.