Workforce study offers tips to boost teacher retention

Boosting job satisfaction and promoting part-time working opportunities have been identified as among the most effective teacher retention strategies. Pete Henshaw reports

Teachers are moving more often between schools and increasing numbers are leaving the profession altogether, a major education workforce study has confirmed.

Furthermore, schools are losing out on valuable experience due to a notable drop in the number of staff aged 50 or over.

The study – Teacher Workforce Dynamics in England – has been published by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) with funding from the Nuffield Foundation.

Other important findings in the report include the potential of part-time working to tackle retention problems – an area where the NFER says primary schools are leading the way.

The report, published earlier this month, contains a series of recommendations for school leaders, government and Ofsted.

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