Retention problems not over despite teacher training surge

The Covid-related spike in applications to teacher training must not fool us into thinking that retention issues in schools are a thing of the past.

The warning comes as analysis of the teacher labour market in England reveals that initial teacher training (ITT) applications were up 20 per cent in 2020 as Covid hit the wider economy.

And the trend has continued into 2021, with ITT applications up 26 per cent so far this year.

However, the Teacher Labour Market in England Annual Report, which has been published by the NFER (Worth & Faulkner-Ellis, 2021), also warns that teacher wellbeing has been hit hard by the pandemic.

The lack of capacity in schools due to self-isolation requirements has also put a strain on those teachers remaining in schools, the report says.

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