The Independent reports that teachers are stuck in roles they can no longer cope with but can’t leave because of their financial circumstances, says Education Datalab head.
Rebecca Allen, director of the Education Datalab think tank has become the latest expert to highlight what has been referred to as a “crisis” in teacher recruitment and retention.
Speaking at a General Election briefing on education, she warned teaching is now “incredibly difficult”, as staff are increasingly bogged down with paperwork and accountability tasks that are leaving them exhausted and unmotivated. More needs to be done, in particular to help new teachers, to stop them walking out the door, she said.
In the survey of more than 3,000 teachers under the age of 36, almost half said mental health concerns could force them to resign, with heavy workloads and lack of support cited as key problems.
Teaching in England is now “an incredibly difficult job” with school workers “putting in hours in excess of anything that people could imagine”, said Ms Allen. I think they’re exhausted not just by the day to day of delivering lessons, but more importantly everything else that they’re expected to do.“
Ministers need to take urgent action to address the shortage, the Education Committee said, as it is set to worsen with the number of secondary school-age pupils expected to spike by more than 500,000 to 3.3 million by 2025.
Figures published last October showed nearly a third of teachers who began work in England’s state schools in 2010 were not in the classroom five years later. About one in eight (13 per cent) had left after just a year.
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