Two out of five teachers would leave Britain ‘next term’ if they got the right job opportunity abroad

Two out of five teachers would quit Britain as soon as “next term” to work abroad if the right job came up, a survey shows. The Mirror reports.

And nearly half (49%) of teachers with three to five years experience would emigrate at short notice.

The top reasons for moving abroad include; work-life balance, bureaucracy, lack of respect for teachers, government policy and disruptive pupils.

A study by Tes magazine based on a survey of 1009 teachers reveals over two thirds (70%) would consider working abroad.

Teachers in core subjects including English (43%), maths (37%) and science (32%) teachers all say they would consider moving abroad within a term

The findings come at a time when pupil numbers in secondary schools are rising, which is already projected to mean an extra 47,000 teachers will be needed by 2024.

The survey revealed that secondary teachers were less happy than primary, with 41% saying they would move, compared to 29% of primary colleagues.

English teachers were more likely to consider a move (43.1%) than humanities (42.7%), maths (37%) or science teachers (32%).

Ann Mroz, editor of Tes, said: “Our survey shows frustration at the lack of respect for the teaching profession peaks at exactly this point, suggesting there may be a need to change the way we think and talk about the teaching profession.”

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  1. Simon Foster

    I think this is a bit of a non story, If you asked the entire population if they would leave the UK for a suitable job abroad.

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