Teachers: Labour Turnover:Written question - 47083

Q
(Leeds North West)
Asked on: 07 October 2016
Department for Education
Teachers: Labour Turnover
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the retention figures are for (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers who began their employment in each of the last five years.
A
Answered by: Nick Gibb
Answered on: 20 October 2016

Retention rates for all teachers by phase are not available.

Published statistics are available that show the retention rates for newly qualified teachers (not split by phase). The latest information is contained in the following table. It shows around 90% of teachers continue in the profession following their first year of teaching (and this has been the case since 1996). Of the teachers who started teaching in 2010, 70% were still teaching five years later.

Percentage of teachers in regular service in the state-funded schools sector in England after: [1]

Year qualified[2]

Recorded In service by[3]

Number of newly qualified entrants entering service[4]

1 year

2 years

3 years

4 years

5 years

2010

November 2010

24,100

87%

82%

77%

73%

70%

2011

November 2011

20,600

88%

83%

77%

73%

2012

November 2012

23,000

88%

81%

75%

2013

November 2013

23,600

87%

80%

2014

November 2014

24,200

87%

2015

November 2015

25,500

The statistics are shown in table 8 and are available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/school-workforce-in-england-november-2015.

[1] The percentage of teachers in service in anyone year will include those who may not have had continuous service to that year. For example, teachers could be in service for 3 consecutive years, miss a year, and then be in service in year 5 onwards after qualifying.

[2] Calendar year in which the teachers qualified.

[3] Financial year during which the teachers entered service

[4] Newly qualified entrants in year x are defined as all teachers who qualified between November x-1 and November x and were in service in school year x/x+1.

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