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Seven solutions to your teacher retention challenges

More than one in nine primary teachers are leaving the profession each year. Drawing on a range of research, Matt Bromley looks at seven key factors that schools should focus on if they want to boost retention rates

Roughly one in nine primary teachers are leaving the profession each year. The latest figures, from the Teacher labour market annual report (Worth, 2020), show that the primary teacher leaving rate has decreased from 9.6 per cent in 2017/18 to 9.3 per cent in 2018/19 – an improvement of around 85 teachers. However, it means nevertheless that retention is still a challenge for schools.

Furthermore, data from the latest School Workforce Census (DfE, 2019) show that drop-out rates of young graduate teachers are rising and each year’s graduates are more likely to leave the profession than the previous year’s – 85 per cent of 2017 graduates were still in the profession after one year, compared to 88 per cent of 2011 graduates.

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