Rookie teachers are quitting before the end of their first year in class over pay and too much work, study shows

ROOKIE teachers are quitting before the end of their first year educating pupils, shock figures show.

Fed-up class leaders are abandoning the classroom at a record rate after their first stint – reaching a 24-year low for staying on.

Records show that 15 per cent quit after 12 months, nearly 25 per leaving the profession within three years and four in ten who trained had left after a decade.

Only 20,351 joined the profession for the first time last year which is the lowest figure for almost 20 years, government figures show.

The worrying trend comes at a time when schools are struggling to recruit staff for subjects such as sciences and maths.

Teachers are leaving the profession due to concerns over pay, increased workload and the challenging nature of working in disadvantaged areas.

Professor Geraint Jones, Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor & Executive Director at the National School of Education & Teaching, Coventry University said changes need to be made.

“As a sector we need to take a long hard look at the training that these teachers are getting to see whether that is contributing to such high numbers dropping out. 

"There’s also been a huge amount of money thrown at certain types of candidate to bring them into teaching – if the motivation is money, then it may be that the sums just don’t add up if their heart wasn't in it to begin with.”

Boris Johnson this week announced a £3,000 'levelling up premium' for teachers to work in more deprived areas. 

It will cover the four subjects of maths, physics, chemistry and computing.

A Department for Education spokesperson said: “We are incredibly grateful for the efforts of teachers and school leaders over the course of the past 18 months, supporting their pupils through the challenges of the pandemic.

“Over 41,000 new trainee teachers were recruited to start training in 2020/21, up 23% on the previous year, showing that teaching continues to be an attractive profession.

“We have also taken a wide range of action to address teacher workload and wellbeing, and are investing over £250 million in world-class training opportunities for teachers across all stages of their careers.”

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