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NUMBER OF TEACHERS LEAVING THE JOB FALLS

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The number of teachers leaving the teaching profession has fallen, according to a survey by the Employers' Organisa...
The number of teachers leaving the teaching profession has fallen, according to a survey by the Employers' Organisation for local government.

Published in a report entitled 'Survey of Teacher Resignation and Recruitment - 2002', the annual turnover rate for full-time permanent teachers in LEA schools in England and Wales has fallen from 13.2% in 2001 to 12.1% in 2002.

Graham Lane, chair of the Local Government Employers for School Teachers, said:

'The improvement in retention rates is encouraging. It reflects efforts from all partners to make sure that the full range of rewards matches teachers' commitment. The implementation of the national workforce agreement will be a factor in reducing workload pressures on teachers, which is seen as the biggest single factor in teacher retention.

'The graduate labour market is very competitive', added Mr Lane. 'We will continue to do all we can to encourage more graduates to join the teaching profession and maintain the levels in recent years.'

School standards minister David Miliband said: 'Our strategy of improving the status and quality of teaching is paying off. There are now about 25,000 more teachers

than in 1997 and the government has already reached its manifesto commitment to recruit 10,000 more teachers in this parliament.

'With NEOST and our other partners, we are committed to reducing workload and bureaucracy through the national workload agreement and already have over

80,000 more support staff than in 1997.

'Having turned the tide on recruitment we are now focusing on retention as well by ensuring that the talents of teachers are properly used and rewarded and that teachers are supported when they take difficult decisions on behaviour and discipline.'

Notes

1. The information in this press release relates to full-time permanent teachers in LEA schools only.

2. The 2001 survey is based on information provided by head teachers in over 7,000 LEA maintained schools in E ngland and Wales. The survey was sent to a random one-third sample of LEA maintained primary schools, all LEA secondary schools and all sixth form colleges in England and Wales. In total, around 7,100 schools and colleges responded, a response rate of 66%. The full survey report is available from the EO website.

3. The Survey of Teacher Resignations and Recruitment has been conducted jointly by the National Employers' Organisation for School Teachers (NEOST) and the teacher unions, with the support of the Department for Education and Skills, annually since 1985/6. The survey covers all moves except those within schools. It collects a wealth of information on teacher resignations and recruits - their destinations and origins; whether permanent or temporary, sex, age, salary scale, length of service and subject.

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