'Rather than asking why teachers leave the profession, we should wonder that they remain'

For too many teachers, the line between professional and martyr needs to be drawn to avoid the kind of stress that will ensure a premature exit from the classroom, writes one head of department.


The recent Higher Education Policy Institute report on the state of teacher training markets – “Whither teacher education and training? by John Cater, vice-chancellor of Edge Hill University – provides a fascinating and depressing history of the fraught relationship between government departments and PGCE providers.


The deepening crisis in recruitment shows that we still have a lot to learn about sustaining a large enough pool of well-qualified professionals in the classrooms. A bulge in the school population makes the problem more urgent.


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